RANCHO SANTA FE — The Azalea Room at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe provided an intimate venue for the kickoff of this season’s Mainly Mozart series on Feb. 13.
At this year’s opening concert were violinist Stefan Jackiw with Max Levinson accompanying on the piano.
Before the event, concert-goers nibbled on cheese and sipped wine at a reception that was held outside. It had been chilly earlier in the day, but with the heaters dotting the patio, it made for a pleasant evening nonetheless.
“We like music,” said Jeanne Weidner while she and her husband, Noel, waited for the concert to begin. “We’ve been to some of the other concerts, one downtown and one in Escondido. This is the first time for this venue.”
What made the evening extra special for the couple is that they were celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary.
This 15th annual Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series gives audiences the opportunity to experience chamber music at its best.
“Mainly Mozart program was founded in 1988 as a summer festival,” said Nancy Laturno Bojanic, executive director of the program. “The idea was to bring together an all-star orchestra.”
She said the musicians for the orchestra were handpicked from some of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. The musicians performed on outdoor stages during the summer.
“It was in 1996 that the music was moved inside for the Spotlight series,” she said.
“The idea was to showcase the musicians and allow the artists to interact with the audience.”
While the concert stage is more formal, the Spotlight series is more relaxed and the (chamber) music can be heard as it was written.
“It was created to be played in people’s living rooms,” she said.
There will be a total of five concerts at The Inn, including the one held Feb. 13.
The next concert will be held at The Inn on Feb. 27 featuring The Mandelring Quartet. Next is March 13 with Robert Levin on the piano. On March 27, with Steven Copes, on violin; Peter Wiley on cello and Anna Polonsky on piano. The final concert will be on May 1 with a chamber orchestra including Ani Kavafian and Ida Kavafian on violin; Richard O’Neill on viola; Robert deMaine on cello; and Anne-Marie McDermott on piano.
To learn more or for tickets, call (619) 230-0100, ext. 2
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