Chamber Music

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is taking precautionary measures during  the COVID-19 pandemic and has postponed all of its events and programs until further notice.  Dates are to be determined.  Please continue to check our website for updated information.

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The Hi-Desert Nature Museum offers three Chamber Music concerts a year, typically occurring every February, June and October.  The programs feature the string ensemble, The Encelia Chamber Ensemble, as well as other local classical musicians who come together to perform classic works from the greatest of composers. The concerts are the Hi-Desert Nature Museum’s only ticketed events. Proceeds go directly to making improvements to the museum’s exhibitions and enhancing educational programming.

When tickets for upcoming concerts become available, they can be purchased for donations of $15 and $20 at the Yucca Valley Community Center’s Community Services desk, in person at Hi-Desert Nature Museum or on the Museum’s website.

Chamber Music in the Museum

Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. 

The first Chamber Music at the Museum concert occurred in June 2016, and took place in the Museum’s Natural History Wing, its largest yet most acoustically balanced room.  The juxtaposition of violins, violas and cellos playing a piece from classical master composer Johann Sebastian Bach in a room filled with taxidermy, gems and minerals and entomology specimens was as unique of an experience as any music loving patron could get in the high desert.  The two day concert was such a success that the Museum and the musicians collaborated to offer more concerts. The concerts have been going strong ever since and have developed a large following.

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