About the Hi-Desert Cultural Center

Joshua Tree, CA

Jarrod Radnich is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center and is its resident Artistic Director.  Unlike in most other theatrical venues, the theatrical performances at the Center’s two venues, the Blak Box Theater and its grand Main Theater, often are accompanied by original scores and sound arranged and produced by Radnich with Mastermind Studios.  (Listen to a short piece taken from Swift Fox for an example of the type of original work produced for the Center by Radnich.)  With 7.1 Surround Sound in the Blak Box, the scores are written to take advantage of each venue’s particular acoustical benefits and challenges and are further adapted to fit a show’s time and performers’ needs.


Joshua Tree Philharmonic

Radnich is also the founder of the Center’s “Desert Music Foundation”.  As maestro for the Joshua Tree Philharmonic (J-Phil) he creates, composes for, and conducts this pioneering inter-generational orchestra in Joshua Tree which was recently sponsored by Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller) in for its unique .  Mr. Radnich composes original orchestral arrangements so that each member of this orchestra, regardless of skill level, can participate in and contribute to the full-scale orchestral movements.  The J-Phil has seen extraordinary success and growth in the past several years as this innovative approach to orchestration increasingly draws greater numbers of musicians.

Mannheim Steamroller

More than 25 years after releasing a Christmas album that changed the music industry, Chip Davis, the founder of the multi-platinum selling group Mannheim Steamroller and American Gramaphone, the most successful independent record label in history, continues to create music that enthralls concert audiences. This year, Chip Davis and American Gramaphone generously supported the Joshua Tree Philharmonic. “After hearing how the JPhil’s music is re-orchestrated to allow all members to participate in the concerts regardless of skill level, and knowing that the proceeds go to benefit our String Conservatory, this community orchestra, and the student recitals and scholarships, Chip Davis and American Gramaphone became sponsors,” explains Maestro Radnich.

“I can’t tell you how much this support and encouragement means to the many Hi-Desert Cultural Center volunteers who work so hard to bring these programs to the people of this Hi-Desert. We are truly thankful for this new support and the long-time support of so many generous people in this community.”

Congratulations on your theatre! – BARRY MANILOW

Congratulations! – JOY BEHAR

You deserve kudos for your talent, vocal expertise, sweetness and spirit. – PHYLLIS DILLER

When true talent and hard work and a wonderful person come together — that’s a true star… a theatre one-step short of the heavens in the Hi-Desert!” – JERRY HERMAN

Congratulations at last… Bravo!! – DOM DELUISE

When the stars come up in the Hi-Desert, add one more… CONGRATULATIONS! – JERRY STILLER & ANNE MEARA

Congratulations! You certainly do deserve this honor. – ANN-MARGRET