Festival of the Desert’s inaugural launch event on March 18, 2015, brought together an amazing cast of some of today’s top fine arts and culinary artists, including a performance by famed soprano Renée Fleming with Paris Opera’s Music Director Maestro Philippe Jordan at the piano; a dance program curated by American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet Principal Dancer, David Hallberg; a jazz piano program curated by music icon Quincy Jones; a discussion on the future of fine arts led by former President of the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Michael Kaiser; a culinary experience by famed chef Cat Cora; and further performances by guitarist Angel Romero, pianists Christopher Taylor, Justin Kauflin, Alfredo Rodriguez and Mikhail Korzhev, dancers Maria Kowroski, Veronika Part and Amar Ramansar, soprano Ilana Davidson and the Rossetti String Quartet.


The Festival of the Desert launch was produced by Barrett Wissman, Chairman of IMG Artists, and Philippe Jordan served as the Festival’s Music Director. The events took place at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert and the Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage.


“The launch of the Festival of the Desert provided the ultimate experience for those who appreciate the fine arts,” said Wissman. “We had something for everyone, whether for the music lover, the dance enthusiastic, or the food and wine aficionado. We can’t wait for the first edition next year of the full-length Festival.”


Images by David Crotty

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