Joshua Tree Philharmonic Launches Fall/Winter Session of its 8th Season

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New Session Will Culminate In Concert Performances of “The Nutcracker”

JOSHUA TREE, CA – As the summer comes to a close, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center is proud to announce the return of its highly acclaimed Joshua Tree Philharmonic (JPHIL) intergenerational community orchestra for the Fall/Winter 2011 session.  Comprised of over 50 members from the Morongo Basin, Coachella Valley and Inland Empire regions, this innovative symphony orchestra continues to draw participants from far and wide.  Under the direction of Maestro Jarrod Radnich, the JPHIL welcomes new musicians to join the orchestra’s new season that will culminate in a concert production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” December 9th through 11th, 2011.

The JPHIL is able to accept members with a wide range of musical skills as Radnich, also a noted composer, reworks the orchestral music and creates an arrangement for each performer that is geared specifically to their skill set.

We pride ourselves on finding a place for every musician to grow in their love of music. We have performers of all ages in our orchestra. If you can read basic music, are relatively proficient on your instrument, and enjoy learning and working with a group, then you can join in the fun! By customizing the musical arrangements to each musician’s level of competency, we make beautiful music together. It’s amazing!Kathleen Radnich, Desert Music Foundation Chair

People wishing to join the JPHIL, including those returning from last season, should come to the Cultural Center’s Blak Box Theater on Monday, August 29th at 6:00 pm.  The Center’s address is 61231 Twentynine Palm Highway (Hwy 62) in Joshua Tree.  New individuals wishing to join are asked to bring their instrument with a prepared piece of music that demonstrates the level of their playing “comfort.”  Returning members need not bring their instruments, but new music will be handed out.

The winter session fee is $80 per member and covers all performance and learning materials and uniforms.  Financial assistance is available.  Those members of the community who wish to sponsor a musician may do so on the center’s website, may send an email to, or may contact the Desert Music Foundation Chairperson, Kathleen Radnich, 760.366.3777.  The JPHIL is a program of the Desert Music Foundation, a subsidiary of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (a federally-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation also duly registered as a charity with the California Department of Justice’s Registry of Charitable Trusts).


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!