Closing Celebration for YVArts’ acclaimed ‘DESERT ICONS’ art exhibition to feature live music and video jockeying OCT 21

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YUCCA VALLEY, CA — The Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center’s (YVArts) critically acclaimed exhibition, DESERT ICONS, will close this Sunday, October 21, with a free public celebration from 5-8pm that will feature live music, video jockeying, a cash bar, and many of the three dozen celebrated artists showing in the exhibition.

The DESERT ICONS exhibition’s closing festivities will begin with first-class live performances by Two t’Suite, a cello/piano duo featuring cellist Julianna Holmes and pianist Nelms McKelvain performing an elegant repertoire spanning Bach to Beethoven—Brahms to The Beatles—Sinatra to Sondheim—Gershwin to Gaga—and extends from early Baroque through today’s Top 40.  Beginning at 3pm and playing through 6pm, the duo’s performances will preempt and launch the closing celebration.

Beginning at 5pm and performing at select times throughout the evening, patrons will also be able to experience “Vision Quest”, a new 8 minute Video Art and explorative cinemascape performed live by VJ (Video Jockey) Rossana Jeran.  This unique performance-art takes the viewer on a kaleidoscopic journey of light and sound through the surreal, beautiful and often rugged terrain of Joshua Tree.  The kinetic combination of experimental video imagery combined with original music by Joshua Tree based composer Christopher Taylor, pays homage to the lure, mystique and wonder of this mysterious and challenging, yet often fragile desert paradise.

The art gallery will open at 1pm and admission to the exhibition’s closing celebration is free.  The new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is located at 58325 CA-62 in Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  For more information on the new center, visit or send an email to to learn how to get involved or to become a founding member or donor.

The Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center is a program and annex of Hi-Desert Cultural Center.  Additional information on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center may be found on the Cultural Center’s main website, or by calling 760.366.3777.  The Hi-Desert Cultural Center is a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the arts agency for the Joshua Tree National Park region.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cello/piano duo Two t’Suite will perform among the DESERT ICONS Exhibition closing celebration festivities October 21 at the new Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center.



With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:


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!