Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE) was incorporated in May of 2010 by individuals who recognized the unique needs of a wind ensemble operating within the LGBT community. They dedicated the organization to providing entertainment and serving as a voice of the LGBT community. DOLCE hired Scott Helms as its founding Artistic Director.
The name Desert Overture originates from an LGBT band of the same name that performed in Phoenix in the 1980s, which was among the first LGBT bands in the country. The founders of the new organization felt that reviving the Desert Overture name would honor the past and carry the tradition forward, and would be an elegant name to describe the ensemble. Two members of the original Desert Overture band became members of the newly-formed group.
Desert Overture’s first public performance on August 8, 2010 was a concert of solos and ensembles presented at Central United Methodist Church. That free concert, called “A la Carte,” drew a standing-room-only audience and was very well received. Desert Overture’s first full wind symphony concert, “A Fireside Christmas,” was performed in December, 2010 at First United Methodist Church of Glendale (as part of the “Glendale Glitters” festival) and at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. In April of 2011, Desert Overture marched in the Phoenix Pride parade; it was the first time an LGBT band had ever marched in that parade.
Desert Overture is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LGBTA) Wind Symphony whose mission is to entertain, enrich, educate, and support the community and our members through our passion for music. As cultural ambassadors of the LGBTA community, we build bridges of acceptance and understanding in the community at large; provide a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable experience for our members and audience; and foster a greater appreciation for quality music.
Desert Overture was featured in a very nice article in Echo magazine. Read it here!