Spotlight Chamber Music
Series 2019
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Mainly Mozart
Festival Orchestra
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Mainly Mozart
Youth Orchestra
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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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A showcase of engaging presentations and musical performances which reveal the connection between music, science, medicine and technology.

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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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Spotlight Chamber Music Series

La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad

Our Spotlight Chamber Music Concerts are well known for their world-class artists and intimate venues.

All concerts are approximately one hour long and performed without intermission. Receptions are included in the price of your ticket (pre-concert in La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe) and concerts in La Jolla continue to be followed by entertaining post-concert “talk-backs” with our artists!

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Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra 2019

Balboa Theatre - June 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22

Under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis, The Mainly Mozart Festival enters year four of a six year exploration of Mozart’s life. Vienna:The Golden Years showcases works of Mozart during his mid twenties – a time when he was creating some of his best loved music. This period is defined by Mozart the entrepreneur as he developed several successful subscription concerts of his own music.

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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