Holiday music events coming to Hemet’s Diamond Valley Arts Center

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Diamond Valley Arts Center will feature two “Music at the Center” events and a Christmas Culture Series this holiday season onstage at 123 N. Harvard St. in historic downtown Hemet.

Tom Catanzaro Band, along with local music students, will kick off the first of three musical events Saturday, Nov. 23, at the DVAC with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Catanzaro, who grew up in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley, is known for jazz instrumentals on his saxophone after receiving the 2000 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award and other recognitions. Admission is $15 for DVAC members and $20 for non-members. Student tickets are $5 for pre-sale and $10 at the door.

The signature DVAC Christmas Culture Series will feature the Bone Zone on trombones followed by the Inland Valley Youth Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 14, with Dan Bolton and his Saxophone Choir, performing some Christmas and jazz numbers. The show begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The general admission tickets are $10 with reserved seating available at www.thedvac.org.

Just before New Year’s Day, Coleslaw will perform on the DVAC stage Saturday, Dec. 28. The duo of well-know Inland Valley musicians, Matt Coleman and Chad Villarrel, will bring selections of different music genres including reggae, funk, folk and blues, rocking out for an early New Year’s celebration. Tickets are $15 for DVAC members and $20 for non-members. Doors open at 6:30 with the show starting at 7 p.m.

The DVAC is the home of the Diamond Valley Arts Council and many umbrella organizations dedicated to promoting awareness of and greater participation in the arts and service to the community. The nonprofit organization operates and maintains a stage and art galleries that are open to the public. Memberships are available, and artists are encouraged to schedule displaying their works with the organization. For more information, visit www.thedvac.org or call (951) 652-3822. The center is open Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.