David Atherton conducts the Mainly Mozart Orchestra 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMADEUS!

Not to be outdone by other highly cultured communities, fans of Mozart in San Diego will celebrate his 250th birthday with a glittering black-tie gala at the elegant Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza.  The event includes silent and live auctions, sumptuous dinner, extraordinary décor for each table by San Diego’s finest artists and designers, and an intimate concert featuring Maestro David Atherton and festival artists in period attire.  Costumes are optional. Last year’s gala sold out. Saturday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m.   Check on-line for more information at  www.mainlymozart.org

Mainly Mozart’s 10th Annual Spotlight Series

Five all-Mozart Chamber Concerts and a Happy Birthday Party!

Mainly Mozart will really put audiences in the mood to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday.  On Friday Jan. 27, 2006 (the actual day of Mozart’s birth) Mainly Mozart’s 10th Annual Spotlight Series opens with a concert by the all-star Festival Orchestra and Maestro David Atherton decked out in period attire.  The concert, which features Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, and Boston Chamber Music Society violinist Ida Levin, is followed by a Happy Birthday Mozart! party.  On the program is one of Mozart’s best known and much loved works, Serenade No. 13 in G, K. 525, more popularly known as “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

There are four more all-Mozart concerts in the series: renowned Austrian pianist Paul Badura Skoda; the Altenberg Trio from Vienna; Boston’s award-winning Borromeo String Quartet; and a piano quartet of Mainly Mozart artists Ida Levin, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Desmond Hoebig, cello; and Randall Hodgkinson, piano.

The January 27 concert is performed in a new venue for the series, Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art; while the remaining four dates are at the series’ regular home: the acoustically acclaimed hall in The Neurosciences Institute (NSI).  For the first time, the NSI concerts are held over two nights giving new audiences the opportunity to purchase tickets to this heavily subscribed series. 

The series schedule is as follows (Spotlight Series concerts presented by other organizations on other dates and at different venues are listed on www.mainlymozart.org):

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra

David Atherton conducting with Ida Levin and Martin Chalifour, violins.

Acclaimed Mainly Mozart Music Director, David Atherton, leads the Mainly Mozart all-star orchestra, comprised of principal players from major North American orchestras, and dressed in period attire, in a program of Mozart favorites.  Followed by a birthday party on Mozart’s actual day of Mozart’s birth!  

Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037
Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m

Paul Badura Skoda Piano Recital

Straight from Vienna, award-winning pianist Paul Badura Skoda, who has been hailed as a master of the keyboard, with an all-Mozart program.  The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92121
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., $42

Piano Quartet 

Ida Levin, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Desmond Hoebig, cello, Randall Hodgkinson, piano.

Mainly Mozart artists Levin, a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society; Phelps, Principal Viola with the New York Philharmonic; Hoebig, Principal Cello with the Cleveland Orchestra; and Hodgkinson, also a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society;  perform an all-Mozart program, including Duo in G, K. 423 for Violin and Viola and Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478. 

The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92121
Friday and Saturday Feb. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., $42

Borromeo String Quartet

Nicholas Kitchen and William Fedkenheuer, violins; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello.  Winners of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in 1998, and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award for 2001, the Borromeo String Quartet

The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92121
Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., $42

The Altenberg Trio  

Claus-Christian Schuster, piano; Amiram Ganz, violin; Alexander Gebert, cello

Since its “official” debut during the 1994 Salzburg Mozart Week, the Altenberg Trio has garnered the 1999 Robert Schumann Award of the City of Zwickau and been appointed the trio in residence at Vienna’s Conservatory and the Gesellschaft der Musikfruende.

The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92121
Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., $42

Editors note:  Subscriptions for the series are available at $220 for regular subscribers and $350 for VIP subscribers.  To purchase, call 619-239-0100, or visit www.mainlymozart.org.  Single tickets, which go on sale Sep. 15, are $55 for Jan. 27 and $42 for the NSI concerts.

Guy Barker Jazz Ensemble

Award-winning composer and trumpet virtuoso Guy Barker and his Jazz Ensemble premiere an original composition based on Mozart’s opera characters.  Awards for Mercury Music Prize nominee Barker include British Jazz Award for Best Trumpeter in 1994 and 1996.  He was seen in and performs on the soundtrack for the feature film The Talented Mr. Ripley (released in 1999 on Sony Classics).  Barker premieres his new Mozart Jazz Suite as part of the Mozart Year celebration.  Optional bonus concert for subscribers to the 10th annual Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series.

Thursday, April 27,  Cocktails at 7, concert at 8 p.m., Jimsair Hangar, Lindbergh Field, San Diego 92101

Friday,  April 28 at 8 p.m., El Foro, Antiguo Jai Alai, Ave. Revolución, Tijuana

Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92121

The 18th Annual Mainly Mozart Festival

Viennese Black and White Ball – Friday, May 19

Hosted in a magnificent private mansion in Tijuana, the Viennese Black and White Ball launches the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival season. An elegant and festive celebration with gourmet food and beverages, music and dancing. Launches the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.

Friday, May 19 from 6 p.m. in a Private residence in Tijuana

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Saul Bitran and Aron Bitran, violins; Javier Montiel, viola; Alvaro Bitran, cello

The Grammy nominated Cuarteto LaAmerican composers to the world, is the Quartet in Residence at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. On May 27, 28 and 31, the quartet performs the world premiere of a Mozart inspired work by composer Gabriela Ortiz, which was commissioned by Mainly Mozart Executive Board member James Rosenfield.  Part of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.

Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m., Festival La Jolla Series, The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla 92130

Sunday, May 28 at 8 p.m., Centro Estatal de las Artes, Calzada de los Presidentes y calle ciudad Victoria, Mexicali

Wednesday, May 31 at 8 p.m., CECUT, Paseo de los Héroes & Mina, Zona Rio, Tijuana, Mexico. 

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Saul Bitran and Aron Bitran, violins; Javier Montiel, viola; Alvaro Bitran, cello

The Grammy nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano, a unique voice in classical music, bringing the works of Latin American composers to the world, is the Quartet in Residence at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University.

Performances on May 29, 30 and June 4. Check for program, time and venues on-line

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Saul Bitran, Aron Bitran, violins; Javier Montiel, viola; Alvaro Bitran, cello, plus two additional Mexican musicans.

The Cuarteto, Quartet in Residence at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, performs a program of Mexican waltzes, with members of California Ballet Company, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance and San Diego Ballet, under the direction of award-winning choreographer and dance educator Jean Isaacs.  Each dance company will come to the stage separately, followed by a grand finale with all four companies dancing together for the first time ever. Part of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.

Thursday, June 1, 2, 3  Check for program, time and venues on-line

The First Annual MozartFest

Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In celebration of Mozart’s 250th  birthday, Mainly Mozart organizes the first annual Mozart Fest starting  in front of the County Administration Building 1600 Pacific Hwy. and moving over to Little Italy in Downtown San Diego, 92101.  There are a variety of performances on stage and roaming artists throughout.

Headliners’ Stage includes:

Jeff Nevin’s Virtuoso Mariachi, with traditional mariachi music, works by Mozart and other classical composers.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano with a program of Mexican waltzes and 32 members of collaborating dance companies (see listing under Cuarteto Latinoamerican, June 1 – 3 above).

Andrés Cárdenes, violin and Anton Nel, piano, with viola.

Andrés Cárdenes, winner of the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition

in Moscow, Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Artistic Director of the  Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, performs with Anton Nel, winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition and prizewinner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition in England. The two artists are joined by a viola. Part of the La Jolla Series of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.

Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute,  La Jolla 92121

Mainly Mozart all-star Festival Orchestra, David Atherton conducting,

Jon Kimura Parker and Anton Nel, pianos

Maestro Atherton leads the all-star orchestra in an all-Mozart program, featuring Leeds International Piano Competition winner Parker and Naumburg International Piano Competition winner Nel.   Check for program, time and venues on-line

Festival Piano, Cello and Horn Ensemble

Jon Kimura Parker and Anton Nel, pianos

Dynamic, award-winning pianists Parker and Nel are joined by two cellos and horn

Mozart – Sonata for 2 Pianos in D, K. 448;  Schumann - Andante & Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn in B flat, WoO 10 (original version of Op. 46) .   Part of the La Jolla Series of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.  Performace: Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m., at The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla

Fine Arts Quartet

Ralph Evans,  prize winner in the International Tchaikovsky Competition; Efim Boico, former concertmaster of the Orchestre de Paris and member of the Tel Aviv Quartet; Wolfgang Laufer, former principal cellist of the Hamburg Philharmonic and Jerusalem Radio Orchestra; and newest member of the quartet, Yuri Gandelsman, former principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  The most recorded string quartet in history.  Part of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival.

Sunday, June 11, 13, 14, 15   Check for program, time and venues on-line

Mainly Mozart all-star Festival Orchestra . . .

David Atherton conducting.  Soloists include Michael Collins, clarinet.

British clarinetist Michael Collins is one of the most sought-after and successful wind players of his generation. Maestro Atherton leads Collins and the all-star orchestra in an all-Mozart program.

Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall,  San Diego 92101

Festival Piano and Wind Ensemble,

Andrés Cárdenes, violin/viola; Michael Collins, clarinet; David Deveau, piano   Sunday, June 18 at 8 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla 92121

Festival Chamber Ensemble

William Preucil, violin and Cynthia Phelps, viola.  Featuring Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil and New York Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, pictured left.  Program includes a Mozart violin sonata and Schubert’s Winterreise, D. 911.  Part of the 2006 Mainly Mozart Festival La Jolla Series.

Wednesday, June 21 at 8 p.m., The Neurosciences Institute 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla 92121

 

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, David Atherton conducting, Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 Maestro David Atherton conducting the Mainly Mozart all-star Festival Orchestra.  Soloists include Alison Tupay, mezzo-soprano; Mark Tevis, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone and the Los Angeles Master Chorale

Performances of Mozart’s C Major Mass “Coronation,” K. 317, considered the composer’s finest of his 16 complete masses; and Mozart’s Requiem for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra, Mozart’s deathbed composition.

Friday, June 23 & 24 at Copley Symphony Hall

Mainly Mozart is a bi-national, public benefit organization that produces a yearlong program of classical orchestral and chamber music, including an annual summer music festival performed throughout San Diego County and Baja, California.  In addition, Mainly Mozart’s educational outreach programs reach over 32,000 students in both countries.

 Annual funding for Mainly Mozart is provided by the City of San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture; the County of San Diego Community Enhancement program; the California Arts Council; and contributions from local individuals, businesses and foundations.

Editor's notes:  Festival dates are: Friday, May 19 through Saturday, June 24, 2006.   Single Tickets in San Diego range from $18 to $82.   Single Tickets in Baja California range from $5 to $75.  For tickets and Information call:  619-239-0100 or check on-line at http://www.mainlymozart.org

We are grateful to Mainly Mozart for this information on their  2006 programme.

01/09/06