Changes come to Mainly Mozart to position it for the future

The Mainly Mozart Festival, which takes place over 2-3 weeks each June, will expand to 2 months next year with pianist and chamber musician Anne-Marie McDermott joining maestro David Atherton in artistic leadership. Atherton, founding artistic director, will continue to lead the festival orchestra, comprised of concertmasters and principal players from the nation’s leading orchestras, while McDermott will program all chamber music concerts as Curator of Chamber Music.

Anne-Marie McDermott has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. About her recording of the “The Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas “ (2009, Bridge Records), Gramophone wrote “we have waited a long time for an American pianist of this stature.” Courtesy

The Mainly Mozart Festival began in 1989 with Atherton conducting the festival orchestra on stage at the Old Globe Theater. Since 1996, Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight (chamber music) Series has taken place January-May at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, and in more recent years at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad, and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. In 2012, the La Jolla series will merge with the orchestral concerts to form a late-April to late-June festival. This year’s 2011 festival is June 7-18.

In addition to her position with Mainly Mozart, McDermott leads the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival in Florida, the Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao, and the Vail Music Festival.

The mainly Mozart Spotlight Series (held in Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad) will continue January-May, with McDermott programming those as well. New for 2012, programming for the La Jolla Spotlight Series concerts will NOT be repeated in Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe. Program details for both venues are forthcoming.

Club Amadeus, Mainly Mozart’s music aficionado group since 1993, and Club Amadeus North, formed in 2008 in response to Mainly Mozart’s growing presence in Rancho Santa Fe and other North County regions, will be consolidated into one group in July 2011.

Club Amadeus members receive invitations to private concert events in residences and exclusive locations, as well as a five-concert subscription series with preferred seating, exclusive travel opportunities, and recognition as donors. Membership starts at $1,000.

In other changes …. Mainly Mozart will see the words “San Diego” added to its festival name to give greater visibility to San Diego’s artistic presence on the national music scene.

In 1989, David Atherton founded San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and continues to serve as artistic director and conductor. He was also director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, 1989-2000.

Mainly Mozart’s administrative staff has also undergone changes with the return of Tyler Richards Hewes as associate director. Hewes was recently executive director of Orchestra Nova after five previous years at Mainly Mozart. Ed Hofmeister, formerly of Lamb’s Players Theatre and The Old Globe, was named marketing director in February.

Many of the changes come as a result of a three-year capacity building grant awarded to Mainly Mozart by The James Irvine Foundation, which that has allowed it to undertake an intense strategic development process.

Mainly Mozart Festival 2011

Opening night: “An Evening with Misha and Cipa Dichter”

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7

Where: Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, La Jolla

Program: (For two pianos) Mozart’s Fantasia for Musical Clockwork in F minor, Sonata in C and Sonata in D, plus Liszt’s Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem, Funérailles, Funeral Gondola No. 2, Valse Impromptu in A flat, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 in A minor and Concerto Pathétique

Tickets: $48

Contact: (619) 239-0100, ext. 2

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Subscription Tickets: $76 for a 4-concert Section “C” Balboa Theatre package to $432 for a Section “AA” package for the entire festival

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