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“Since its invention, the piano has been a driving force in much if not most of the great cultural music of humanity,” says Producer James Luce. “To launch this exciting new series, we wanted to honor the instrument and its players, so we invited several of the world’s most accomplished virtuosi to make the Piano the theme of the inaugural year of Classical Palm Springs.”

Producer James Luce and Temple Isaiah President Soo Borson today announced that the inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Season of Classical Palm Springs will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30pm at Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs California. Classical Palm Springs has for its mission to be the most intimate and engaging year-round concert series in Palm Springs.

Tickets, available online at, range from $40 for Seniors & Students to $95 (for Premium Seats and admission to the after concert Meet The Artist Reception). Premium Festival Passes are also available online or by calling 760-699-8151.

The inaugural concert features the pianist Fei-Fei. She went directly from Juilliard to be a Finalist at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and winner the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. 

Mozart: Sonata K 576
Schumann: Kinderszenen
Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux--No.2/3/4
Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise

Producer James Luce is also pleased to announce that the first concert will feature visual art by Rancho Mirage modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis,, who creates large-scale abstract paintings, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles. The 22-year Kontaxis was diagnosed with an extensive brain tumor at 15 months old which resulted in intractable seizures, autism, and developmental delay. Intensive medical treatment and behavioral therapy allows him to lead a full life despite significant communication issues and suffering over 40,000 seizures to date. His repetitive inclinations and love of texture and shape helped Kontaxis discover his life calling as an artist. In the last three years, he has become a prolific painter, creating more than 100 complex pieces. The work of Kontaxis will be featured on stage and also on the poster for the inaugural season. “Art and music both feed the human spirit,” says Classical Palm Springs Co-producer Soo Borson, referring to the pairing of Kontaxis’s work with the concerts. “In fact, the concept of Classical Palm Springs at Temple Isaiah is to combine the best of both musical performance and the visual arts.“


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Start Time: 7:30:0 PM

End Time : 10:0:0 PM

Start Date: 9/22/2018

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Address: Temple Isaiah, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Earlier Event: September 22
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Later Event: October 7
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