Adele, Moody Blues, Duke Ellington, & Mozart to highlight Joshua Tree Philharmonic’s Concert Series this weekend

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JOSHUA TREE, CA – The innovative Joshua Tree Philharmonic (JPHIL) will begin celebrating its 10th anniversary year with a new and exhilarating concert series at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater this weekend, May 16th through 18th.  Sure to delight and enthrall the entire family in a musical celebration unlike any other, this special concert series will feature the Desert’s premiere community orchestra in an eclectic blend of popular music from Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), The Moody Blues, Mozart, Adele, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Harry Warren (Chattanooga Choo-Choo) and more.

Led by Maestro Jarrod Radnich, Concert Master Bonnie Schwartz, and with new arrangements and orchestral score support by Steve Caron, Laurinda Stewart, and Darrell Shade, the JPHIL is an inspiring intergenerational community orchestra comprised of members from the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley, and Inland Empire regions – and often beyond.  As many members of the JPHIL serve in the armed forces they can find themselves on the other side of the country, such as bass flutist Jenn Metlen who flew-in from Maryland on Sunday to perform in the concerts.

The beauty of the JPHIL is that it is truly a family of professional and dedicated student musicians that has a unique culture all its own. It’s not about who’s first chair or plays better, it’s about making music together, as adopted family, the best we can – helping everyone grow in the process in a focused yet fun environment, and then sharing that music with our communities, friends, and supporters.Maestro Jarrod Radnich, founder and conductor of the philharmonic

As concerts traditionally sell-out, concertgoers are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.  Philharmonic evening performances begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th, with two matinee performances at 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, May 17th and 18th.  All concerts will be held at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater located in the Palmer Performance Hall at 61231 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.  Tickets are $15 for general seating and $20 for elite seating.  While this is a family event, children must be at least 5 years of age to attend.  To purchase tickets call 760.366.3777 or go online to  Tickets are available at the door if space permits.

The Joshua Tree Philharmonic is a program of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s Desert Music Foundation.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!