Hemet arts and music couple moves away

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Peter Odencrans and Diane Mitchell pose for a photo at their Hemet home, Saturday, Jan. 16. The couple are moving to Washington state, after leaving their major musical impact on the San Jacinto Valley. Note: The couple removed their facial coverings for the photo, and the photographer was more than 6 feet away, wearing a mask. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Known as one of the San Jacinto Valley’s power couples, Diane Mitchell and Peter Odencrans spent the past 35 years supporting the arts throughout the community. They became known as movers and shakers when it came to elevating the area’s offerings of classical music and more, most notably through their involvement with the Hemet Concert Association. Mitchell and Odencrans will be moving to Washington state soon and said they are saddened they can’t have a huge farewell party to say goodbye to all those that have meant so much to them during their time in the valley. “The pandemic makes it impossible for us to get together with everyone to say goodbye with hugs and handshakes, as we had hoped – that is the worst part of this move for me,” Mitchell said. “Hemet has been o
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