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About Us:

A cultural icon celebrated for its imaginative and thoughtfully curated programming, artistic excellence, and distinguished history of acclaimed performances, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival is one of North America’s top music destinations.

Mainly Mozart’s mission is to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s passionate music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music-making, and to each other.

We produce the largest Summer music festival in the region – The May/June San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival – and produce Spotlight Series from January through early April, and more intimate concerts year-round for members Club Amadeus, our aficionado group made up of some of San Diego’s most committed and passionate music lovers.

Mainly Mozart’s venues are eclectic – from the brilliantly restored historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego to the acoustically superb Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (formerly The Neurosciences Institute) – from the striking St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad to Tijuana’s contemporary  El Cubo – Centro Cultural Tijuana to the exquisite Timken Museum in Balboa Park to the elegance and intimacy of The Crosby Estates in Rancho Santa Fe – we produce the greatest music in the world throughout the delightfully diverse regions of San Diego county.


Recent News

Mainly Mozart Weekly Newsletter - July 20, 2021

Under The Stars Saxophone Legend Branford Marsalis Opens the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra September Festival! A Path Forward Saturday, September 11 | 7:30pm A Benefit Concert Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. Presented in…

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Mainly Mozart - Flash Sale Ends at Midnight June 1, 2021

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Mainly Mozart Weekly Newsletter May 27, 2021

Join us for a Pre-Festival Zoom Happy Hour! Thursday, June 3 | 6:00pm-7:00pm Hang With the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra! Join hosts Michael Francis (Mainly Mozart Music Director) and Nancy Laturno (CEO) for an evening of fun! They'll be…

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Drive-in Orchestra! February Festival Programming Inside

The First Drive-in Festival of the Year is Almost Here! February 10-14, 2021 The Mainly Mozart Festival of Orchestras kicks off in a big way in February, bringing members of the LA Philharmonic together with members of the San Francisco Symphony…

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"COVID Cannot Kill Art."

"From the onset, Mainly Mozart committed to Keeping Live Music Alive — a mantra that would soon find itself emblazoned on banners at concerts. On July 11, Mainly Mozart became the first major arts organization in the U.S. to produce live…

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Consider a Year-End Tax-Deductible Donation

Please consider supporting Mainly Mozart's staff and artists in our efforts to Keep Live Music Alive. When the rest of the nation ground to a halt, Mainly Mozart went harder and faster, emerging as an industry leader. Ask Newsweek. Or the The Wall…

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Announcement: Dec. 5 Holiday Concert at the Westgate Hotel

Mainly Mozart is Back for the Holidays! As the first arts organization in the US to bring live classical music back to live audiences, Mainly Mozart continues to do BACKFLIPS to continue bringing you live performances. Need a Staycation? Enjoy an…

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Mainly Mozart Presents... Resilience from September 10-13, 2020

Mainly Mozart Presents...  Resilience Sponsored by Dr. Ronald & Susan Heller Drive-in Concerts Celebrating the Human Spirit September 10-13, 2020 Curated by Zach DePue Purchase Tickets ($100 Per Car) Purchase Tickets to All Four Concerts…

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If You Haven't Already: RSVP to August 22 Drive-in!

RSVP Now Open Join Mainly Mozart for a program highlighting Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence featuring Jun Iwasaki (Nashville Symphony Concertmaster), Jeff Thayer (San Diego Symphony Concertmaster), Teng Li (Los Angeles Philharmonic…

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Guarantee Yourself a Spot at the August 8th Drive-in!

Committed to "Keeping Live Music Alive" Mainly Mozart is proud to be the very first arts organization in the United States to present live classical music to live audiences. This Saturday, we present members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a…

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Mainly Mozart Drive-in Concert Series Continues July 25

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Drive-in Concert Featuring LA Phil Members

With Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Rancho Santa Fe We are bending over backwards to bring live music to you, while keeping everyone safe! Celebrate resilience with us in a program of Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major and…

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Watch a Mainly Mozart Master Class by the Principal Flute of the Philly Orchestra!

Learn About the Music You Love... This past Friday, Philadelphia Orchestra and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner led the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra in our third Technique Mastery class. Earlier today, the…

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Mainly Mozart Updates From The Ceo - News With Nancy

"The work we are continuing..." CEO Nancy Laturno on the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Virtual Concert (which had over one thousand viewers watching LIVE on Facebook and can be viewed on Youtube here), a new online series coming from Maestro…

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Remarkably Nimble - Updates From The CEO

CEO Nancy Laturno on looking ahead, navigating an event-based organization during quarantine, and what makes Mainly Mozart unique in its ability to be "nimble". With a few fun facts about Mozart and the audiences he played for for good measure!…

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COVID-19 Announcement

In light of the guidance issued last night regarding COVID-19 by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, Mainly Mozart will be cancelling and/or postponing performances through the end of April 2020. We are currently in the…

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Mainly Mozart Happenings Newsletter - January 22, 2019

Nancy Laturno Executive Director It’s a new year and we are off to an exciting musical start! We had a fabulous weekend with our music director Michael Francis who was here to conduct the San Diego Symphony on January 18, 19, and 20 as a…

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Mainly Mozart Happenings Newsletter - December 12, 2018

2018 was a very good year for Mainly Mozart - but, where did it go? As we look toward 2019, I have much to share with you... January 18-20, our own Michael Francis conducts the San Diego Symphony in a program that includes Berlioz’s Symphonie…

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Mainly Mozart Giving Tuesday November 27, 2018

Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2019 is November 27th. The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Our project this year is Mozart and the Mind: Empowering the Mozart Within. May 30 - June 2, 2019.…

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Mainly Mozart 2018 Spotlight Chamber Music Series

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Keep Mozart's Genius Alive With Your Year-End Gift!

For twenty-eight years, Mainly Mozart's guiding inspiration has been Mozart. His music, his mastery, and all that he embodied as a multi-faceted man inspires our mission and vision-and is what sets us apart.   Music flowed from Mozart. He…

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2015 Mozart and The Mind

Music Director Michael Francis has announced an intense, multi-year journey through the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - unlike any in the nation -launching with a year-long exploration of the musical, social and scientific implications of Prodigy.…

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Mainly Mozart News - June 17, 2015

Festival Orchestra Preview: June 20, 2015 There are only two more chances to see the 2015 Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra! Featured soloist Jeffrey Khaner, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flute will perform Mozart's Flute Concerto No.…

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Mainly Mozart News - June 9, 2015

Festival Orchestra Preview: June 10 and 13 The Mainly Mozart Festival is off and running with four more concerts to look forward to! Experience a taste of Italian Flare, Italian Fire at theWednesday, June 10 performance, including…

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Mainly Mozart News - June 4, 2015

Get to Know a Musician: Pianist Jon Kimura Parker What are your favorite hobbies? Wine, food, and NFL football. (But not at the same time.)  Who are your favorite pianists? Arthur Rubinstein, Oscar Peterson, and Elton John. (I've met all…

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Mainly Mozart News - May 27, 2015

Final Spotlight Series Concert Weekend! Join us for the last weekend of 2015 Spotlight Chamber Music, featuring Steven Copes, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster; Alexander Kerr , Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster; renowned violist…

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Mainly Mozart News - May 18, 2015

Final Spotlight Series Concerts of the Season! Join us for the last weekend of 2015 Spotlight Chamber Music, featuring Steven Copes, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster; Alexander Kerr, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster;…

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Mainly Mozart News - May 8, 2015

Spotlight Series This Weekend! Join us this weekend for the penultimate Spotlight Series concert of the season! Hear New York Philharmonic Acting Concertmaster, Sheryl Staples; New York Philharmonic Principal Viola, Cynthia Phelps; New York…

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Mainly Mozart News - May 5, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend Four Piano Spectacular! Four extraordinary pianists - Anne-Marie McDermott, Pedja Muzijevic, Anton Nel, and Stephen Prutsman will join forces for Spotlight Series' Four Piano Spectacular this Friday and Saturday. Join the fun…

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Mainly Mozart News - April 27, 2015

MMYO Students Selected to Perform With Festival Orchestra Members Mainly Mozart is thrilled to announce the winners of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Workshop audition, conducted last weekend by The Cleveland Orchestra's…

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Mainly Mozart News - April 21, 2015

MMYO Students Audition to Perform with Festival Orchestra Members Mainly Mozart Concertmaster William Preucil and violinist Sonja Braaten-Molloy(Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster and first violinist, respectively) flew into San Diego for one day…

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Mainly Mozart News - April 13, 2015

Who's Who in Our All-Star Festival Orchestra: Jun Iwasaki Jun Iwasaki, graduate of the Cleveland Institute's distinguished Concertmaster Academy, was appointed concertmaster of the of the Nashville Symphony in 2011. He was a student of Cleveland…

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Mainly Mozart News - April 7, 2015

Who's Who in our All-Star Festival Orchestra: Nathan Hughes Nathan Hughes is the Principal Oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and faculty member at The Juilliard School. Mr. Hughes has made guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the LA…

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Mainly Mozart News - March 30, 2015

Our New Maestro Throws Open the Doors of the Balboa... ...to welcome you to watch the All-Star Festival Orchestra rehearse! Come in your jeans (that's what our musicians will be wearing!) to watch our free, open, public rehearsals. Stay tuned…

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Mainly Mozart News - March 24, 2015

Maestro Michael Francis Takes the Podium at the Balboa Theatre You should have received your brochure for the 27th Annual Mainly Mozart Festival with details about exciting programming for our upcoming performances June 4-20, featuring compelling…

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Mainly Mozart News - March 16, 2015

Spotlight Preview The next Spotlight Series program March 27-29 will include Bach's Goldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovesky) with Anne-Marie McDermott's Opus One cohorts, violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Peter Wiley. On…

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Mainly Mozart News - March 9, 2015

Thank You for Helping Air Amadeus Soar! Last Sunday's Air Amadeus event, held at the awe-inspiring Allen Airways Flying Museum in Gillespie Field, was a soaring success-- we raised over $55,000 in support of Mainly Mozart music education and…

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Mainly Mozart News - February 26, 2015

Air Amadeus Auction Sneak Peak Ready to take flight with Mainly Mozart? Air Amadeus is this Sunday, March 1, at Allen Airways Flying Museum! For a sneak peek of our "Sky Mall" auction, including trips to New York, Napa and Mexico, visit our…

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Mainly Mozart News - February 17, 2015

Fly Air Amadeus Are you ready to turn your life upside down-literally? When you attend Mainly Mozart's March 1, 2015 Air Amadeus event, you can bid in our Sky Mall Auction to win a seat alongside Arizona Unlimited Aerobatic champion Rory Moore!…

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Mainly Mozart News - Feb 9, 2015

Fly Air Amadeus Steve McQueen: the "King of Cool." He was a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 70s, known for popular films including The Thomas Crown Affair and The Getaway. But did you know he was also an avid pilot? And did you know that the…

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Mainly Mozart News - February 3, 2015

Message from Anne-Marie Welcome to Spotlight Series 2015. I am so excited about this seasons' concerts and artists. Our opening program features three brilliant musicians who have graced our stage many times before and it is a joy to have them…

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Peter Manes and Yoko Sakaguchi Make An Extraordinary Gift to Mainly Mozart!

Mainly Mozart is delighted to announce that dedicated Mainly Mozart supporters, Peter Manes and Yoko Sakaguchi have made an extraordinary $250,000 gift to Mainly Mozart in honor of Founding Executive Director Nancy Laturno Bojanic.   “Yoko and I…

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Waived Handling Fee: See Erin Keefe at Spotlight Series 2015 Opening Weekend

Happy holidays, here is a gift we would like to share with you! Because you attended our Chamber Players concert in 2013 featuring Erin Keefe, we are delighted to share with you that she will be performing at the opening weekend concerts of the 2015…

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Mainly Mozart News - November 2, 2014

Stars Of The NY Phil Perform With The MMYO This Saturday, November 15th, the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will share the stage with two renowned members of the New York Philharmonic - violinist Sheryl Staples and violist Cynthia Phelps -  playing…

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Subscribe Now to the 2015 Mainly Mozart Festival!

We deeply appreciate your enthusiasm and I'm delighted to share with you the exciting orchestral programming planned by our dynamic new Music Director, Maestro Michael Francis, for our 2015 Mainly Mozart Festival. I invite you to subscribe now to…

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Mainly Mozart News - August 28, 2014

Where in The World Are Our Artists?    Pianists Pedja Muzijevic (Spotlight/May 2015) and Andrew von Oeyen (Club Amadeus/August 2014) are both headliners at the Ravinia Festival next week. Our Festival Orchestra's fabulous principal clarinet,…

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Mainly Mozart News - August 21, 2014

Where in the world are our artists? Violinist James Ehnes cut short his time in Seattle where he is Artistic Director of The Seattle Chamber Music Festival to be with his wife, Kate and daughter (and now big sister) Caroline for the birth of his…

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Mainly Mozart Adult Amateur Chamber Music Seminar

Mainly Mozart's inaugural Adult Amateur Chamber Music Seminar, held during the annual Mainly Mozart Festival, will include coaching by some of the world's leading chamber musicians - pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; violinists Ida Kavafian and Benjamin…

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Spotlight Chamber Music Series Single Tickets On Sale Now

A concert experience like no other... Anne-Marie McDermott, Curator Spotlight Chamber Music Series SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Save Today! Buy now, we'll waive the handling fee! Offer expires Friday, October 25, 2013 Concerts as low as $25 …

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Spotlight Chamber Series 2014 Subscriptions On Sale Now

2014 Spotlight Series Anne-Marie McDermott, Curator   The World's Leading Chamber Musicians in Magical Collaborations - Intermission-free Concerts - Wine and Cheese Receptions and - Conversations with the Artists!   The Orion String…

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Support Mainly Mozart Now and Double Your Impact!

Donations received before June 30th will be matched dollar for dollar! $155,770 HAS BEEN RAISED TO DATE, WITH ONLY $44,230 LEFT TO RAISE BY JUNE 30 TO REACH THE $200,000 VISION CHALLENGE GOAL! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED SO FAR - DONATIONS…

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Support Mainly Mozart and Double Your Impact now through June 30th!

JUST ANNOUNCED: A consortium of community leaders has stepped forward in support of Mainly Mozart. As a group, they have pledged to give $100,000 -creating The $200,000 Vision Challenge/Match - the largest in Mainly Mozart's history, to support key…

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Calling all Science and Music Lovers

Mainly Mozart's new series, Mozart & the Mind, invites you to enjoy an interactive playground of exhibits and installations Mainly Mozart has the answer for those searching for something exciting, informative and fun.   Look no further…

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Mainly Mozart Festival 2013

Count-Down: 7 Days Until Opening Night of The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival! The 2013 Mainly Mozart Festival is the iconic cornerstone of our 25th Anniversary Season.  The next  two months are the culmination of years of dreaming and…

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Special Offer for Mainly Mozart Patrons - The Lodge at Torrey Pines

SPECIAL OFFER FOR PATRONS: SAVE 20% ON ROOM RATES AAA Five Diamond Award winner and Sunset Magazine's "World's Best Hotel", The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a favorite among discriminating travelers. Receive a 20% discount on rooms during the 25th…

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Performance - The Szymanowski Quartet

Join Mainly Mozart for a riveting performance of chamber music by the acclaimed Szymanowski Quartet! Awarded the Polish government's Medal of Honor, the quartet's sophisticated programs offer a balance between intellect and passion to the 2013…

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Mainly Mozart's Spotlight Series Opening Weekend - January 11-13,2013

Friday, January 11, 2013. 6:30 PM Wine Reception / 7:30 PM Concert  The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute   10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 Mozart's Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, K. 423…

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Mainly Mozart's Spotlight Series Opening Weekend - January 11-12,2013

Friday, January 11, 2013. 6:30 PM Wine Reception / 7:30 PM Concert The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla  Mozart's Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, K. 423 Beethoven's String Trio in E flat, Op. 3 $55 per ticket,…

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