Mainly Mozart Festival in La Jolla this Month

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This June, classical music aficionados will be able to experience world-class chamber music close to home. The Mainly Mozart Festival will take place in La Jolla from June 2nd through June 25th.

For some twenty-eight years, Mainly Mozart has been a mission-driven organization with one directorial motivation: Mozart. His numerous compositions, his exceptional mastery, and all that he exemplified as a multi-faceted individual inspires our mission and vision, and this is what sets us apart. However, Mozart exemplifies considerably more than classical music. In fact, Mozart epitomizes all the finer aspects of prodigy, composer, genius, innovator, and collaborator. Consequently, Mainly Mozart is focused on articulating these notable qualities with respect to any and everything we produce.

The mission at Mainly Mozart is to enhance the lives of present and future avid lovers of classical music by connecting them to the veritable brilliance and innovation of Mozart and the classical masters, to top-notch musicians and music-making, and to one another.

Mainly Motzart has an extraordinarily rich history. The first sounds of the all-star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, under the talented baton of founding Maestro David Atherton, were initially heard in 1989. Chartered as a non-profit corporation in September of 1988, the first festival was performed on the outdoor stage of the renowned Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. The festival was received heartily and since that time the remarkable performances have been acclaimed by critics for their innovative programming and extraordinary concerts.

When 1991 rolled around, Club Amadeus was born as Club Twelve-Fifty, with intimate members-only concerts highlighting world-class artists in select and fashionable private residences. Moreover, a year subsequent, Mainly Mozart became binational, adding “Mozart Binacional” with concerts and educational programs throughout Baja California. In-school programming was also launched with “Living Composers” for elementary school students.

Mainly Mozart became more than just a summer festival, however. In 1996, at the Neurosciences Institute (now The Auditorium at TSRI), the Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series featured first-rate musicians in chamber music concerts during both winter and spring. The chamber music series launched with a five-concert piano recital series. (Additional series venues were added in 2006 in Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe.)

The Mainly Mozart Festival made the newly remodeled Balboa Theatre its permanent summer home in 2008. At that time, talented pianist John Lill electrified a sold-out house by performing all five Beethoven Piano Concerti in a single evening.

Mainly Mozart introduced three new series in 2013: Mozart & the Mind – Exploring the Music Brain Effect, Evolution at The Abbey – Today’s Musical Innovators, and Festival Chamber Players at The Timken Museum.

The merger between the 25 year-old Young Artists Symphony and Mainly Mozart was completed in May, consequently creating the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the California’s (in partnership with Tijuana’s music conservatory). Maestro David Atherton concluded his tenure as music director of the Mainly Mozart Festival which he founded some 25 years previous, conducting his final season in June. The subsequent year, British conductor Michael Francis raised his baton as the Mainly Mozart Festival’s second-ever music director during the course of its rich 27-year history. The reception was well-received, as ticket sales for the first season of the energetic young conductor nearly doubled.

Last year, one of Maestro Francis’s six-year journey launched with “The Prodigy Year: Mozart from 3-17” during the 28th annual Mainly Mozart Festival. We highly suggest you attend this year’s stimulating festival, as it promises to be an exceptional evening you’ll not soon forget!


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