New $17million Del Mar Fairgrounds site to host Mozart Festival of Stars Orchestra concerts in October

Mainly San Diego’s Mozart is set to return indoors in October for the first time since March 2020, after shifting entirely to outdoor concerts for the past two years due to the COVID pandemic. -19.

The 34-year-old San Diego nonprofit will hold the three-concert fall leg of its 2022 All-Star Festival Orchestra series at the $17 million The Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The official opening of the venue as a full-time concert venue is not expected until early next year. It will be exclusively booked and operated by Belly Up Entertainment, which also books the Belly Up Tavern near Solana Beach and The Music Box in downtown San Diego.

The Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a temporary name that will be used for the Principally Mozart concerts on October 12, 14 and 15. Performances will feature more than three dozen prominent members of some of the nation’s top symphony orchestras. The list includes violinist David Chan, concertmaster of New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Tickets are on sale now on Mainly Mozart’s website at a discounted rate that will increase at the end of the month. Ticket prices, concert repertoire and a list of featured soloists are listed below.

The new venue is adjacent to the parking lot of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which hosted Mainly Mozart’s groundbreaking chamber music concerts in the summer and fall of 2020.

These performances made the courageous arts organization the first in the country to present classical concerts during the pandemic. The move to the new indoor venue is designed to enhance Principally Mozart’s upcoming outdoor concerts in 2023 at a nearby Del Mar Park, not replace them.

“We’re very excited, but it’s not so much an intentional return indoors,” said Nancy Laturno, CEO and co-founder of Mainly Mozart.

“Because we were mainly looking for an outdoor venue for October, it ended up not being possible. The folks at the fairgrounds told us about their new facility and we think it will be a good fun place to keep us going. serve the North County audience who raved about our outdoor concerts this year and last year at the Del Mar Surf Cup Sports Park.

A total of more than 10,000 people attended Mainly Mozart’s six concerts at the park this year, setting an attendance record for the organization. The planned capacity of the new covered hall at the fairgrounds is 1,839, but attendance for the three concerts in October will be capped at 800. Construction is still nearing completion.

Laturno and Belly Up have never worked together before. It’s not surprising since the world of chamber music rarely crosses paths with rock music and the other contemporary styles that are Belly Up’s daily bread. But she hopes more collaborations are in store.

“Belly Up people are so smart and we love working with them,” Laturno said. “We’re talking about doing more shows with them at the new venue in Del Mar, music that they wouldn’t normally do.”

Belly Up Entertainment co-owner Steve Goldberg is equally enthusiastic.

“Being involved with Mainly Mozart and their all-star organization, conductors and musicians is such a cool way to expand our musical offerings,” Goldberg said, “and a perfect example of the new Center’s value in our future. . We look forward to developing our relationship with them as the (place) evolves.

Mainly Mozart All-Star Festival Orchestra fall 2022 series

When: 12, 14 and 15 Oct.

Where: The Del Mar Fairgrounds Center, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

Tickets: $18-$150 (ground floor); $225 (balcony); $5,000 to $14,000 (two boxes with eight seats each); three-concert subscription packages cost between $45 and $650. Prices rise in September.

Telephone: (619) 239-0100

On line: mostlymozart.org

Concert schedule

Wednesday October 12: Bach’s Concerto for oboe and violin (Nathan Olson, violin, Erin Hannigan, oboe); Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue; Fantasia by Vaughan Williams on a theme by Thomas Tallis (with members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra); Music by Handel for the royal fireworks; Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn

Friday, October 14: Entertainment of Ibert; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (Javier Perianes, piano); The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams (Nurit Bar-Josef violin); Piano Concerto in G by Ravel (Javier Perianes, piano)

Saturday October 15: Fantasia by Vaughan Williams on Greensleeves; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Alexander Kerr, violin); Slavonic Dances from Dvorak Op. 72

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