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New Festival of the Desert to open with Renee Fleming, Quincy Jones
New Festival of the Desert to open with Renee Fleming, Quincy Jones

Before the hordes of music fans descend on the Coachella Valley in April for the annual festival, the desert community will play host to a different kind of gathering in March devoted to the performing arts. The inaugural, one-day event, titled the Festival of the Desert, was announced Wednesday. Organizers said the festival will celebrate classical music, dance and other fine arts and will feature the luminary likes of soprano Renee Fleming, dancer David Hallberg and record producer and musician Quincy Jones. The Festival of the Desert is being spearheaded by conductor Philippe Jordan, music director of the Paris National Opera, and Barrett Wissman, the chairman of IMG...

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