Genius Weekend

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2018 – Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

2017 – Dr. Walter Munk

2016 – Dr. Andrew Viterbi

2015 – Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs


Genius Weekend Showcase
Friday, June 7 | Private Home | BUY TICKETS

7:00pm-10:00pm – Showcase

An elegant evening in an exquisite private home, celebrating genius and honoring UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. Maestro Michael Francis moderates an hour-long showcase of brilliant musical vignettes performed by pianist and McArthur Genius Jeremy Denk. L.A. Philharmonic Concertmaster martin Chalifour and members of the all-star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra will also perform.

Open Rehearsal
Saturday, June 8 | Balboa Theatre | FREE EVENT


Dress rehearsal featuring Michael Francis and the all-star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra at the Balboa Theatre.

Sensory-friendly Concert Featuring Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra
Saturday, June 8 | Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, San Diego | FREE EVENT – REGISTER FOR TICKETS


Sensory-friendly concert for people on the autism spectrum and their families at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra: The Spark of Genius
Saturday, June 8 | Balboa Theatre | BUY TICKETS

Michael Francis, conductor | Jeremy Denk, piano

7:00pm – Pre-concert Overture Event
8:00pm – Concert

Handel – Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 19, K. 459, F Major
Mozart – Mauerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music), K. 447
Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, D Major (Reformation)

Genius Weekend Party
Saturday, June 8 | Sparks Gallery, San Diego | BUY TICKETS


Guests join with San Diego’s tech industry leaders and Michael Francis and the Festival Orchestra for Genius Night, celebrating local innovators and honoring UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp Quarter. Winning entries from Mainly Mozart’s North American Art Competition for artists with autism “Finding your Inner MozArt” will be on display.

Side by Side Workshop (Mainly Mozart Festival and Youth Orchestras)
Sunday, June 9 | Balboa Theatre | FREE EVENT


The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra performs alongside the all-star Festival Orchestra in a workshop performance led by Maestro Michael Francis.

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Year-End Celebration
Sunday, June 9 | Exclusive Residence | BUY TICKETS


Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra year-end celebration in a spectacular San Diego residence.

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Showcase Concert
Sunday, June 9 | Balboa Theatre | BUY TICKETS


The Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra All-Ensembles Concert at the Balboa Theatre; Hernan Constantino, Music Director.