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Mainly Mozart: Genius Week

Genius Week

November 14 – November 18, 2023

Three huge nights celebrating innovation and “Genius in the Spirit of Mozart” within San Diego with world premieres of Mainly Mozart commissions. Part of the California Festival.

Tuesday, November 14 at 7 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Tradition & Tomorrow | Anne-Marie McDermott & San Diego Symphony Principals


An intimate evening of chamber music featuring works by Mozart & Schumann as well as the world premiere of an original work by Mainly Mozart Advanced Orchestra member, Edric Saphire, performed by internationally renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, San Diego Symphony (SDSO) concertmaster Jeff Thayer, SDSO associate concertmaster Wesley Precourt, SDSO principal viola Chi-Yuan Chen, SDSO principal cello Yao Zhao and SDSO principal bassoon Valentin Martchev.

Edric Saphire – Brass Fanfare featuring the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra
Mozart – Fantasia No. 3 in D Minor
Edric Saphire – Piano Sextet featuring Bassoon in A Minor *WORLD PREMIERE*
Schumann – Piano Quintet


VIP placement exclusive to Genius Week Patrons. Click to purchase Genius Week Patron 3-Night Subscription for 2.



Friday, November 17 at 7 PM

San Diego Genius Award Dinner

Private dinner honoring 2023 San Diego Genius honoree, Dr. David Brenner (President/CEO Sanford Burnham Prebys) with Mainly Mozart artists Clarice Assad and Anne-Marie McDermott. All in the JAI at The Conrad.


Available Exclusively to Genius Week Patrons

Saturday, November 18 at 7 PM
The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

Tapestry | From the Mind of Clarice Assad

From the mind of acclaimed composer Clarice Assad comes TAPESTRY, an amalgamation of the ideas of dozens of female composers from across the globe, built as a celebration of women. Performed by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinists Ida Kavafian and Kerry McDermott, violist Clara Neubauer and cellist Ani Aznavoorian

Ellen Zwilich – Piano Trio
Clarice AssadTapestry for Piano Quintet *WORLD PREMIERE*
Amy Beach – Piano Quintet


Post-Concert party with the artists for Genius Week Patrons. Click to Purchase Genius Patron 3-Night Subscription for 2.