The 30th annual Mainly Mozart Festival, set for June 1-24, 2018 and led by Music Director Michael Francis, continues its six-year exploration of Mozart’s life with Year Three - Brave New World: From Rebel to Entrepreneur. In his early 20s, and longer Europe’s “golden child”, financial need forced Mozart to become a musical entrepreneur, dedicating himself to the business of music. Some of Mozart’s greatest works of this period will be featured in Festival programming, along with boundary-breaking works by other composers. Throughout the month of June, Orchestral and Chamber Music concerts, lectures, parties, and presentations throughout San Diego and Tijuana illustrate the story of one of the greatest geniuses of all time.
June 1, 2, 3, 22, 24 | Chamber Music concerts in La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad open and close the 2018 Festival.
June 3, 5:00 PM |Mainly Mozart’s 200-member Youth Orchestra in their year-end performance, featuring violin soloists Alexander Kerr and Nathan Olson.
June 8-10, The fourth annual Genius Weekend is an intense three days of concerts, lectures, and parties celebrating genius in the spirit of Mozart. In 2018 this event honors Nobel Laureate and Salk Institute CEO Elizabeth Blackburn, and celebrates “genius in unexpected places” with a focus on autism spectrum in partnership with TERI, Inc. and Autism Society of San Diego.
June 9, 10, 14, 16, 21, 23 | The all-star Festival Orchestra, featuring the concertmaster and principal players from North America’s leading orchestras, performs under the baton of Maestro Michael Francis. Concerts start at 7:30 PM, preceded at 6:30 PM with Overture mini-concerts. (Note: June 10 start time is 7:00, with 6:00 keynote presentation.)
June 10, The Festival Orchestra and Mainly Mozart’s Youth Orchestra of the Californias perform with members of Tijuana’s Youth Orchestra and 1,000-voice children’s choir at the Palenque, Tijuana.
Fathers’ Day, June 17, 4:00 PM | Michael Francis conducts the all-star Festival Orchestra in a program featuring cellist Johannes Moser, followed by a party with the Festival Orchestra for all concertgoers, celebrating Mainly Mozart’s 30th Anniversary, at Rancho Santa Fe Village Church.
New in 2018, Salon Experiences feature members of the Festival Orchestra in experiential concerts and dinners in private homes. Salon Experiences are limited to twenty guests.
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