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For over 30 years Mainly Mozart has been the festival where genius lives. With a core commitment to the exceptional, Mainly Mozart produces a boutique experience which tells the story of genius in all of its varied faces. Concerts are performed by world-class artists at intimate venues which capture the spirit of Mozart and the great masters of Western Music.

The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra is a year-round program which inspires and instructs the next generation of musicians, serves students with cognitive differences and gives these kids a chance to interact with the Festival’s top artists.

Mainly Mozart celebrates the genius within us all as we allow the universal language of music to guide us toward social harmony.

Cross-border concerts and educational programs, including the binational Youth Orchestra of the Californias

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Club Amadeus members are some of San Diego’s most committed and passionate music lovers.
 

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More than 200 students—from beginner to advanced—ages 3-23, including those with special needs. This is the future of excellence.

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  • “(Mainly Mozart’s) distinguished orchestra, made up of top-flight instrumentalists--including important first-desk players--from symphonic ensembles around the United States, performs with high energy and stunning precision; its string and wind components are polished and blended to a shine, and their dynamic range is broad, their command of detail exquisite”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “If anything ever fit the definition of a movable feast, it is San Diego’s marvelously mobile Mainly Mozart Festival”

    — San Diego Magazine
  • “…The orchestra has never sounded better, a tribute to the high caliber of the individual players, to their collective striving for excellence, and to the cadre of instrumentalists who have returned year after year to pass on the Mainly Mozart tradition.”

    — San Diego Story
  • “There is something metaphysical about hearing this group of musicians, led by the elegant and excitable Michael Francis, “take it up a notch.”

    — San Diego Reader
  • “Francis and his ensemble of concertmasters and first chair players from all over the country — and Canada, too — have reached a collaborative level that has everything”

    — San Diego Union Tribune