Principal players and concertmasters from top symphonies, including the LA Phil, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and more, perform together on one stage for six-concert series
SAN DIEGO, CA, March 20, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Concertmasters and principal players from the nation’s top orchestras will come together in San Diego June 15-24 under the baton of Maestro Michael Francis as the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival celebrates 35 years. The festival returns to the Del Mar Surf Sports Park and will expand to two new festival venues: the Conrad in La Jolla and UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater. Three-and six-concert subscriptions now on sale. All other tickets go on sale March 29. Early bird pricing ends April 13.
Featuring musicians from top U.S. orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and more, Mainly Mozart’s All-Star Orchestra is the only orchestra of its kind in the country.
Concertmasters for the 2023 festival include Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour (June 15, 18, 20, 22), newly-appointed Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster David Radzynski (June 17) and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Alexander Kerr (June 24).
“Our 35th anniversary festival has a great balance of the familiar, the intriguing and the new. Featuring an incredible group of soloists alongside our amazing orchestra, there will be absolute fireworks throughout,” said Mainly Mozart Music Director Michael Francis. “Crowning our first major concerts at UC San Diego we have Mozart’s Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro, Shostakovich, Saint-Sainz and we’ll close out the festival with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the San Diego Master Chorale.”
Del Mar Week – June 15 -18
The festival opens its ‘Del Mar Week’ Friday, June 15, at the open-air Del Mar Surf Sports Park. The opening night performance features LA Philharmonic Principal Whitney Crockett performing Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in a program that also includes works by Gossec and Beethoven. Saturday, June 16, acclaimed Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins the All-Star Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. Works by Beethoven and Michael Abels round out the program. The following night, Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, Violinist Karen Gomyo, hailed by the New York Times as “extraordinary,” performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto in a program also featuring Mozart’s Grande Fantaisie in C minor.
La Jolla Week – June 20-24
Tuesday, June 20, the Orchestra moves indoors for an intimate chamber orchestra performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at The Conrad’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall in La Jolla. On Thursday, June 22 the new, open-air Epstein Family Amphitheater at UC San Diego hosts the Orchestra for Mozart’s beloved Marriage of Figaro and Magic Flute Overtures, Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso featuring Martin Chalifour, violin, and the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Chelsea Guo. The 35th Annual Mainly Mozart All-Star Festival closes Saturday, June 24 with Beethoven’s beloved 9th Symphony performed with the San Diego Master Chorale.
“San Diegans have the unique experience of hearing classical music’s finest scores played by the country’s top orchestral musicians as they come together as the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra for six remarkable concerts this June,” said Mainly Mozart CEO Nancy Laturno. “We invite San Diegans to bring their family and friends to experience the magic of these concerts as we celebrate a very special 35th anniversary.”
June 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24 | 7:30PM-9:00PM
June 15-18: Del Mar Surf Sports Park | 14989 Via de la Valle, Del Mar
June 20: The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall | 7600 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
June 22-24: UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater | 9500 Gilman Dr, San Diego, CA 92093
Three-and six-concert packages start at $65 and $150 and are on sale now. Early-bird individual tickets and tables will be on sale March 29. Early bird pricing ends April 13. Tickets for the Del Mar Surf Sports Park concerts start at $25 per person for general admission Tier B seating, $80-$110 per person for Tier A personal viewing pods, $110-$140 for two-person pods, $140-$170 for three-person pods and $170-$200 for four-person pods. Table seating ranges from $300 for two people to $500 for four people, with VIP tables ranging from $600 for two people to $1,000 for four people. Tickets for the two Epstein Family Amphitheater concerts range from $25 to $160, per person. Tickets for the Baker-Baum Concert Hall performance range from $30 to $120.
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