Between interviews this morning to advance the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival (May 10-13) and the Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 19-25), I tweeted that I had just concluded coverage of three major festivals and had four more in the next two weekends to go.
But I was wrong.
I was referring to this weekend’s Desert Lexus Jazz and Blues Fest at the Palm Springs Riviera Resort, the Brew at the Zoo beer and blues festival at The Living Desert, and the Weekend With the King celebration of Elvis Presley’s 45th wedding anniversary at the Elvis Honeymoon House and Annenberg Theater, followed by the film noir festival at the Camelot Theaters the next weekend.
But I just got a notice about another event happening Sunday at the Annenberg Theater that is an extension of a music festival
The Steinway Society of Riverside County is presenting the winners of its 2012 Festival Piano Competition in a free recital at 2 p.m. at the intimate theater in the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Twelve young pianists, from elementary to high school ages, will show off the prodigious skills that earned them awards in the senior and junior divisions.
The lineup includes senior division winners Julian Jenson, Dong Kim, Benjamin Kleinerman, Jonathan Mamora and Esther Yaghoubian, plus honorable mention winner D’laney Jevas. The junior division winners in the recital will be Jason Chan, Ranen Unger Hicks, Milaena Martinez, Vevina-Anne Swanson and Andrew Tang, plus honorable mention winner Joel Oswan.
But this isn’t the end of the festival season.
The weekend after that, there’s the Joshua Tree Music Festival (May 18-20 at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground) and the Palm Springs Smooth Jazz Festival XVII (May 19 at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort).
This weekend, I’ll be at the Weekend With the King, interviewing Elvis pal Jerry Schilling, who accompanied Elvis to meet President Nixon at the White House and went on to have a career as a film editor and a manager for the Beach Boys. I’ll do a public Q&A with him from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater — just before the concerts paying tribute to Buddy Holly and Elvis
After the Joshua Tree Music Festival, I’m taking a vacation, for which I have nothing planned.