COAST CITIES — The Mainly Mozart Festival, historically taking place over two to three weeks each June, will expand to two months, with renowned pianist and chamber musician Anne-Marie McDermott joining Maestro David Atherton in artistic leadership.
Atherton, founding artistic director, will continue to lead the Mainly Mozart 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.
The Mainly Mozart Festival began in 1989, with Atherton conducting the Festival Orchestra on the stage of the Old Globe Theatre. Since 1996, Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight (chamber music) Series has taken place from January to May at The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, and in more recent years at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad, and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe as well. In 2012, the La Jolla series will merge with the orchestral concerts to form a late April to late-June Festival.
Spotlight Series concerts held in Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad will continue to occur from January through 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 will be announced shortly.
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 beginning 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, with a deluxe membership available for $1,500. Deluxe members receive additional concert tickets and an additional in-home concert.
Many of the changes planned for the organization come as a result of a three-year capacity building grant awarded to the organization by The James Irvine Foundation, which has allowed the organization to undertake an intense strategic development process.