A NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Love, Light and Laughter – what a wonderful title Tim chose for our 2021 holiday concert! We are emerging from two years of the darkness of COVID into the ‘light’ of this holiday season powered by our ‘love’ for one another and for this wonderful music, all seasoned with joy and ‘laughter’.
Our return concert will be be held on December 12th, 3:00 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, 45900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and a minimum donation of $20 is requested. Tickets will not be issued for this event. For the safety of our audience and chorale members, all audience members need to wear masks and show proof of vaccination. All singers are also vaccinated.
Our Artistic Director, Tim Bruneau says “It’s a joy to be making music together again in person. The preparation and performance of our virtual concerts last year was a marvelous way to keep our membership connected and unified, but there’s no substitute for being together again and blending our voices in the same space. Our December 12th concert is full of outstanding arrangements of beloved carols, gospel selections and a few classical gems, as well. I’ll look forward to seeing you there.”
I agree with Tim. There is simply nothing better than singing in person for our Coachella Valley community and friends. Though we are smaller in number, we are delighted to be back together and able to share some musical treasures with you.
I give thanks to you, our patrons, for your loyalty and generosity, which has been a crucial component of our ability to survive this unprecedented time. I am grateful as well for a wonderful group of board members who so carefully shepherded us through the pandemic by controlling costs and spending countless hours researching funding sources and writing the grant applications that helped us survive. Sincere thanks, also, to the many organizations both private and public, and to those individuals who provided much needed funds. We appreciate all of you!
December 12th is a special day. It marks our ‘rebirth.’ We look forward to continuing to rebuild and we draw our energy for that from you, our audience. I look forward to seeing you there and wish you a wonderful holiday season!
A Message from Artistic Director Tim Bruneau
Thank you for taking the time to visit California Desert Chorale’s website. After more than fourteen years as the Artistic Director of this organization, I take great pride in the many achievements of the wonderful group of people who make up our membership and the dedicated, tireless individuals who comprise our Board of Directors. Working together, these people raise collaboration to an art. I remain honored to be leading them to ever higher standards of performance and shepherding their emergence as one of the Coachella Valley’s genuine cultural treasures.
While a number of our members are professional singers, many others are talented, motivated amateurs who bring a wealth of musical education and varied choral experience to our ensemble. I’m convinced that it’s exactly this breadth of experience that allows me to explore an extraordinary variety of choral literature with the Chorale.
Whether you hear California Desert Chorale at one of our main concert series, or at one of our many community service performances for local charities, please take the time to stop and say hello to me and our members afterward. We are, first and foremost, about people working together, and we continually aspire to broaden and strengthen our connection to the people of our own beautiful valley. I invite you to come and witness the grace and humanity reflected on the faces of our members as they perform a piece of great music. You will, without question, be entertained, informed and enriched.
With all of the unrest happening in the world these days, it was truly magical to see a large group of people dedicating themselves to the task of creating beauty.
I do hope everyone in this valley now realizes what a gem of a chorale they have right on their doorstep.
Your ensemble is such a gift to this community. The powerful energy between you and the choir can be felt throughout the hall and serves as an inspiration to us all to work together to create beauty and harmony.
I’m still filled with the spirit of joy, beauty and grace that you and the choir created and offered so generously to your audience.
A high-quality, exciting, and powerful performance.
The California Desert Chorale presents an annual slate of concerts of a professional caliber that is more commonly found in larger metropolitan areas.
We were truly thrilled with “Friends in Song” Recital today at College of the Desert. The whole presentation was “out of this world”: the quality of performance (musicality, dynamics, intonation, vocal tone quality, charisma of the performers); the amazing variety of repertoire including timing, arrangement on the program…the contribution of your outstanding students and knowing…