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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.

With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a 70+ year non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation that serves as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more. The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region and is recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts. It instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.

Unlike in most other theatrical venues, the theatrical performances at the Center’s three performance venues—the Blak Box Theater, the Yucca Valley Visual & Performing Arts Center, and its grand main theater, the Joshua Tree Performing Arts Center—are often accompanied by original scores and sound arranged, composed, 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 Theater, 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.

Learn more about Greater Joshua Tree’s visual & performing arts organization in the interactive online brochure below:

Joshua Tree Philharmonic

As maestro for the Joshua Tree Philharmonic (JPHIL), Radnich creates, composes for, and conducts this pioneering inter-generational orchestra in Joshua Tree which was recently sponsored by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller (LEARN MORE) in for its innovation and uniqueness. 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 JPHIL has experienced extraordinary success and growth with using this innovative approach to orchestration as it increasingly draws greater numbers of musicians.