The Palm Springs Life Festival recently announced the launch of the first season of the premier cultural arts and lifestyle event in the Coachella Valley to be presented by Palm Springs Life magazine and IMG Artists and produced by Barrett Wissman, the Chairman of IMG Artists. The inaugural festival will feature a stellar lineup of some of today’s top artists, fashion designers and culinary superstars. Some of the stars to appear include opera legends Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, violinists Midori and Sarah Chang, cellist Nina Kotova, pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet, guitarist Angel Romero, fashion designers Zandra Rhodes, Michael Costello and Marc Bouwer, and chefs Cat Cora, Gail Gand, and the Hearty Boys.
Last spring, the festival was launched in a one-day event at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage. Performers and curators included producer Quincy Jones, opera star Renée Fleming, dancer David Hallberg, and conductor Philippe Jordan. Due to the event’s success, executive producers Barrett Wissman and IMG Artists decided to partner with Palm Springs Life to present the first full season of the Festival in 2016.
This year will bring together the Festival’s arts programming alongside two desert standouts, the Palm Desert Food & Wine festival and Fashion Week El Paseo giving the Coachella Valley an unprecedented array of talent across multiple disciplines.
“I think it’s a real opportunity for Southern California to have an independent festival that can bring many art forms together from music, to fashion, to the culinary world. To have a first season that includes luminaries such as Plácido Domingo, Cat Cora, Renée Fleming, and Zandra Rhodes is inspiring,” said Barrett Wissman, Executive Producer of Palm Springs Life Festival and Chairman of IMG Artists.
The festival opens with a Gala concert on March 20 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, featuring Plácido Domingo conducting Renee Fleming, with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Maestro Domingo will also sing a couple of vocal numbers with Ms. Fleming. The festivities will continue with an array of music, food and wine and fashion events over the following four weeks. Concerts and events will take place at multiple venues in the greater Palm Springs area including the new Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, The Helene Galen Auditorium at The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and the Gardens of El Paseo. The Festival will be capped off on April 23 and 24 with a signature event “In Vino Veritas” at The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. The event will feature the greatest Italian wines, winemakers and chefs of today and will be presented in partnership with and curated by Gambero Rosso, the leading Italian guide to the best wines and restaurants of Italy Maestro Plácido Domingo said: “I am very much looking forward to coming to Palm Springs with the LA Opera Orchestra. The surroundings are absolutely spectacular and I can’t wait to perform for the audience there. “
For full schedule and ticket information for the Palm Springs Life Festival, visit the website here.