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L’amour, toujours l’amour February 17



Come to the Rancho Mirage Public Library on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 pm for a free concert highlighting some of the greatest love arias and duets ever written. The program features soprano Marina Harris, tenor Arnold Livingston Geis and internationally acclaimed pianist and accompanist David Wilkinson, all three of whom have performed here in the valley before. Ms. Harris is covering the role of Cio-Cio san in Madama Butterfly at LA Opera and singing in the Center Stage Opera production of Cosi fan tutte in April. Mr. Geis will be the featured tenor soloist in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in April. Mr. Wilkinson is a voice instructor and accompanist at USC and Pepperdine. The program will include music from Rusalka, La traviata, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, The Student Prince and Romeo and Juliet. Emceed by Guild president Bruce Johansen, L’amour, toujours l’amour is another in a series of programs produced by the Palm Springs Opera Guild in partnership with the Rancho Mirage Public Library as part of its continuing Prime Time Outreach series of lectures.

Helene Galen and Donna MacMillan to be honored this Sunday

“Singing The Praises” Gala honoring

Helene Galen and Donna MacMillan

This Sunday evening, February 14, 2016 6 pm

Omni Rancho Las Palmas


Donna MacMillan, Helene Galen and Bruce Johansen

Donna MacMillan, Helene Galen and Guild President Bruce Johansen

On Valentine’s Day the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert will honor Helene Galen and Donna MacMillan, whose generosity and philanthropic accomplishments play a major role in enhancing the lives of Coachella Valley residents in the areas of education, health and the arts.

Donna MacMillan
Donna MacMillan
Helene Galen
Helene Galen

Both Helene and Donna devote their time and personal   resources to numerous charitable organizations to make a difference in the lives of others. Donna is the new Chair of the Palm Springs Art Museum, sits on the boards of College of the Desert, McCallum Theatre and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Helene has been involved with the Museum as well for more than 25 years. The Rancho Mirage High School can now boast of its state-of-the art auditorium thanks to her generosity. Other charities that benefit from her philanthropy are the Barbara Sinatra Center for abused children, the Mc Callum Theatre and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Please join us at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas as we honor these two extraordinary women who have had such an impact on the arts in the Coachella Valley. Proceeds from the Gala will help ensure the future of the Palm Springs Opera Guild and its many ambitious educational programs, including the annual Vocal Competition, Opera in the Park and the educational Outreach program which introduces opera to more than 12,000 students in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

Operatic entertainment will be provided by “VOX”, the sensational new ensemble of talented young singers recently seen on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent.”

Click on the video below for a preview of what to expect.


Invitation and details

Click here to reserve your seat(s)


 Honorary Chair: Gary Hall

Event Co-chairs: Jean Carrus and Peggy Cravens

Official Calendar

For information on how to attend the following events please contact the Guild office at 760.325.6107.


2015-2016 Season


  • Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 6 pm – “Singing The Praises” Gala honoring Helene Galen and Donna MacMillan at Omni Rancho Las Palmas – open to all members and non-members alike
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 7 pm  – “L’amour, toujours l’amour” – Rancho Mirage Public Library – soprano Marina Harris and tenor Arnold Geis sing love arias and duets – free
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – 6:30 pm – Exclusive Allegro Black Tie Dinner at Heather-James Fine Art Gallery
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 1 pm – 18th Annual Opera in the Park at Sunrise Park, Palm Springs – free
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – 3 pm – Thank You Party  and Election of Officers at Smoke Tree Ranch, courtesy  of Yvonne and Steven Maloney
  • May/June 2016 – Student Outreach
Events subject to change