By Patte Purcell

We were lucky enough to be invited to the fundraiser for the Palm Springs Orchestra under the direction of the award-winning Maestro Dino Zonic at the Mirada estate in Rancho Mirage. (Dr. Raila and Dennis Horne owners of the estate).

The Palm Springs Orchestra’s objective is to bolster the major cultural renaissance currently taking place in Palm Springs by launching a series of tickets and free to the public events. Performances feature uplifting, venerable orchestral repertoire staged at iconic venues throughout Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

Special guest artists included Boris Martinovich, Bass Baritone; Evegeny Tonkha on cello; Eduardo Delgado on piano.;, Anna Belaya, Soprano; Daniel Hendrick, tenor; and China Inoue on Alto Saxophone.

Guests were treated to wonderful appetizers, cocktails from Crater Lake Vodka, and wine from Grgich Hills Estate. Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group, Lillie PR, Morgan Sandefur Diptypque, Icon Presentations, The Flower Bank and Classic Event Rentals and David D. L. Horton Esq. sponsored the event.

The Executive team includes Dino Zonic, President; Executive Director Jeffrey Gilson; Chris Bennett (accomplished jazz artist); Vice President, Kathleen Morgan; Director of Development, Sheree Lilly events coordinator; Larry Holloway, Orchestra Manager; and Dave Shaw, Grants Manager.

Dino Zonic known as the “People’s Mastro” is a world acclaimed composer, conductor, and director.

Despite a wind storm that rattled everyone the event was at capacity. The performance was watched by the guests who were seated indoors and out as the wind died down allowing an amazing performance for everyone to see.  Guests mixed and mingled. Numerous celebrities attended including actor Tristen Rogers and his wife Theresa. 

There were many items that were auctioned off to raise money for the PSO including some beautiful jewelry and stunning art pieces.

The guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at a stunning estate. For more information on the Palm Springs Orchestra visit their website at

Note: We will be holding a fundraiser for the Palm Springs Orchestra on Monday June 5 at a beautiful art gallery. Details to follow.