Mission & History
Our mission is to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s passionate music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music-making, and to each other.
For twenty-eight years, Mainly Mozart has been a mission-driven organization with one guiding inspiration: Mozart. His music, his mastery, and all that he embodied as a multi-faceted man inspires our mission and vision—and is what sets us apart. Mozart personifies much more than classical music. He exemplifies prodigy, composer, genius, innovator, collaborator—and Mainly Mozart is driven to express these qualities in everything we produce.
The story of how everything started.
The first sounds of the all-star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, under the baton of founding Maestro David Atherton, were heard in 1989. Having been chartered as a non-profit corporation in September, 1988, the first Festival was performed on the outdoor stage of the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. It was received enthusiastically and ever since has been praised by critics for its innovative programming and exceptional performances.