Briefly known as the Indian Wells Desert Symphony between 1999 and 2004, the Desert Symphony has earned the reputation as one of the finest orchestras of popular music in the southwest United States. In the beginning years, the repertoire of the symphony encompassed the great works from the world of classical music, including Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms. The orchestra began a slow transition toward the “pops” as the desires for this repertoire by the residents and visitors to the desert was in need of being fulfilled. Glen Campbell was the first major star to perform with the orchestra and was soon followed by other great artists as Jose Feliciano, Peter Nero, the Gatlin Brothers and Art Garfunkel. Other stars that have performed with the orchestra include Andy Williams, Roger Williams, Jack Jones, Kaye Ballard, Michael Bolton, Jason Alexander, Tommy Tune, The Texas Tenors, Neil Sedaka, Crystal Gayle, and Peter Frampton.