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Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic Announces 2022 Season

Following a respite of nearly two years during the pandemic, both orchestras and audiences are eager to be together again. The much anticipated opening concert of the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic will take place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert with a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from London.

The orchestra will be led by their new musical director, Vasily Petrenko and will feature pianist Olga Kern. Petrenko most recently served as chief conductor of the Oslo and Royal Liverpool philharmonics. Vasily Petrenko made a surprise Carnegie Hall and New York City debut in 2019 to rave reviews when he stepped in with just a few hours’ notice to lead the Bavarian Radio orchestra when their conductor Mariss Janson became ill. He was plucked out of rehearsals at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he was preparing for his debut there in a production of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Joining Petrenko and the Royal Philharmonic on January 12 will be Russian-American pianist Olga Kern. Kern jumpstarted her U.S. career in 2001 with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge. Kern will perform the Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 23. Rounding out the program will be Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes” and Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations. The opening concert is sponsored by Roberta Holland and Gloria Scoby.

One of jazz’s most revered musicians, Branford Marsalis collaborates with the innovative Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a program the following evening on Thursday, January 13, 2022 that explores the intersection of jazz and classical, from Debussy’s jazz-inspired Rhapsody to a newly commissioned work by Courtney Bryan that uses Bizet’s famous themes from Carmen. The 34-member Orpheus Chamber Orchestra made history in 1972 when a group of young artists created an orchestra without a conductor in which musicians led themselves. Since then, the Grammy award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has recorded over 70 albums, toured to 46 countries, and collaborated with hundreds of world-class soloists.

New Orleans-born Branford Marsalis is an award-winning saxophonist, band leader, featured classical soloist, and a film and Broadway composer. A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Branford has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with acclaimed orchestras around the world, performing works by composers such as Copeland, Debussy, Ibert, Mahler, and Villa-Lobos. And his legendary guest performances with the Grateful Dead and collaborations with Sting have made him a fan favorite in the pop arena. Concert sponsors include Rella and Monty Rifkin and Jane and Larry Sherman.

On February 22, 2022 famed violinist Pinchas Zukerman is joined by Israeli pianist Shai Wosner in a recital program to include Mozart, Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat Major, K.454; Beethoven, Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Piano, Opus 30, No. 2; Schumann, Intermezzo from the F.A.E Sonata; Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 108. With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought after and versatile musicians. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums for which he gained two Grammy® awards and 21 nominations. Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad range of repertoire reflect a degree of virtuosity and intellectual curiosity that has made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who note his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s All Things Considered). Performance sponsors are Lois N. Darr, Bernice Greene, and JoAnn Wellner.

Rounding out the season will be performances by the San Diego Symphony under the baton of their new musical director Rafael Payares and featuring trumpeter Pacho Flores on Wednesday, March 2, sponsored by Barbara Fremont; and a concert by the acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell with Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Tuesday, March 8, sponsored by Gary and Phyllis Schahet and Helene Galen. The closing concert on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 will feature audience favorite Pacific Symphony led by Carl St.Clair with Canadian violinist James Ehnes performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Concert sponsors include Norman Gorin and Eisenhower Health Foundation.

Subscriptions for the 6-concert series are available by calling the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic at 760-341-1013. You can also be placed on a wait list for single concert tickets. More information can be found at

At a Glance

Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic will celebrate its first performance in nearly two years with a performance of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm. All concerts take place at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The 5-concert series continues with:

Wednesday, February 22, 2022: Pinchas Zukerman, violin and Shai Wosner, piano

Wednesday, March 2, 2022: San Diego Symphony, conducted by Rafael Payares with trumpeter Pacho Flores

Tuesday, March 8, 2022: Academy of St Martin in the Fields with violinist Joshua Bell

Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St.Clair with violinist James Ehnes

6-concert subscription packages are available by calling the administrative office of the Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic at 760-341-1013. More information can be found at


Feb 02 - 22 2022


7:30 pm - 7:30 pm


McCallum Theatre
73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA, USA


Palm Springs Friends of Philharmonic

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