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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Symphonies Bring Classic Touch To Valley’s Music Scene

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 – 1:36 PM

With the Coachella Valley looking to be the permanent home of contemporary music concerts such as “Coachella” and “Stagecoach,” it is easy to overlook the alternative sources of musical entertainment available in the Desert. Two of these organizations are the Coachella Valley Symphony (CVS) and its younger-staffed sibling, The Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony (BRYS).    

• The CVS is a 50-piece orchestra offering a wide variety of classical and pops music, performing four to six concert events each season. It is comprised of desert community resident, guest musicians, out-of-state snowbirds and musicians from the surrounding California areas. It is now celebrating its 25th year.

• The BRYS is also celebrating its two decades-plus season. Formed in 1995, with passion and dedication by Jeannette Banoczi. The BRYS is comprised of approximately 50 student musicians ages 8 to 18. Nearly 850 young musicians have gone through the BRYS since its inception. Several have gone on to enroll in music schools and conservatories.

More information about performances is available at 760-360-2222.

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If your interest in death extends beyond listening to the “Grateful Dead,” then a special program hosted by Sunnylands may leave you with a different perspective on how various cultures celebrate death through ceremony. That is the topic of a Sunnylands Salon Series event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.

The Salon Series features three panelists who will explore the historic nature of ceremonies surrounding death and how modern technology is changing them today; and is being produced in partnership with a multi-day observance of Dia de Los Muertos in the Coachella Valley.

Vida y Muerte takes place at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided and the electro-cumbian band Cumbia Machin will play during a ‘mixer’ after the talk.

Thickets are $10 and seating is limited.

Sunnylands also celebrates CV Days, Nov. 2-5, when the public is invited to a view calaveras, skull figures and alters crafted by various Coachella Valley organizations in the gardens. These events are free to the public.

Although, Sunnylands is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm., because special programming is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3, it will remain open until 9:00 pm, and feature Danza Azteca Xochipilli demonstrated the Aztec roots of Dia de los Muertos through music, stories and dance. Guests are invited to bring photos, flowers, food or fruit to contribute to the Momoztli, of altar.

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