2021–2022 Season

FIRST FRIDAYS, December 2021 to March 2022, And Friday, March 25, 2022

All concerts at 7 pm


72567 Hwy 111, PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA 92260

New this season, 2021–2022, Desert Baroque celebrates the return to a series of in-person live concerts in a permanent home, The Artists Center at the Galen in Palm Desert. Each concert features the harpsichord and companion instruments of the period.

Tickets: $30 general admission; $50 Patron, reserved seating.

(Please click the event links for tickets and information.)
Subscription for all five concerts, $120.00

Ticketing through the Artists Council at EventBrite.

December 3, 2021

Louis, Louis! Meet us in Versailles
Music for viola da gamba by Marin Maris, St. Colombe, and d’Anglebert

Steven Lehning, viola da gamba

Margaret Irwin-Brandon, harpsichord

January 7, 2022

Johann Sebastian Bach and His Illustrious Sons
A program featuring music for violin and harpsichord from two generations of the Bach family genius — the great Johann Sebastian, and his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann, and Johann Christoph Friedrich

Ken Aiso, baroque violin

Sonia Lee, harpsichord

February 4, 2022

A Golden Trio: Telemann, Bach, Handel
Music for baroque winds

Stephen Hammer, baroque oboe and recorder

Kenneth Munday, baroque bassoon

Margaret Irwin-Brandon, harpsichord

March 4, 2022

Italy and England: Renaissance Origins
Music on two Italian keyboard instruments, a rare original 16th century virginal and a harpsichord in the 17th century style from the collection of Charles Metz

AND... March 25, 2022

Capturing the Clavisimbalum with Swiss harpsichordist, Corina Marti
Following treatises, paintings and music, this program includes pieces from the late 13th century Spain and France, the famous Codex Faenza and the Buxheimer Orgelbuch, Eastern European sources and a touch of
English music too

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Steven Lehning
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Margaret Irwin-Brandon
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Ken Aiso
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Sonia Lee
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Stephen Hammer
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Kenneth Munday
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Charles Metz
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Corina Marti
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Soundboard Painting
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​​The audience is requested to provide ID, proof of vaccination, and to be masked, until further notice. We will be requesting proof of vaccination to attend this event. Security officers will be on duty. Attendees must bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card, or a picture of their vaccination card. They may also show their digital vaccination record.

All California residents may request a digital vaccination record at MyVaccineRecord.cdph.ca.gov. Children, age 5-11 must adhere to these protocols.


Contact Us

For inquiries, please complete the form below, or contact Founder/Director Margaret Irwin-Brandon directly at:

mirwinbrandon [at] gmail.com | 413-285-6881

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