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Balboa Theatre
Located at E. Street 868 Fourth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
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Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K. 240

Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

Mozart: Symphony in D “La Finta Giardiniera,” K. 196/121

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra

David Atherton, conductor

Ronald Thomas, cello

There will be a free pre-concert lecture one hour before the show.

Cellist Ronald Thomas has made concerto appearances with the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Baltimore, Seattle, and the Blossom Festival. Mr. Thomas has played recitals in virtually every state in the country, and in the cities of New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Los Angeles. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Boston Chamber Music Society with whom he has produced a number of highly acclaimed recordings. He appears regularly at the music festivals of Seattle, Bravo! Colorado, Spoleto, Blossom, Norfolk, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is presently a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

David Atherton studied music at Cambridge University, where his operatic conducting aroused much interest from the national press. In 1967 Sir Georg Solti invited him to join the music staff of the Royal Opera House, London, and the following year, at the age of 24, he became the youngest conductor ever to appear there. In his 12 years as Resident Conductor, he gave more than 150 performances with Covent Garden, including a highly successful visit to La Scala, Milan. As a guest conductor he returns there frequently, his most recent engagements having been new productions of operas by Ravel, Stravinsky and Meyerbeer. Other recent performances include Tosca, Wozzeck and _Salome _for Canadian Opera, The Makropulos Case (in New York) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and many new productions for English National Opera including Turandot, The Love for Three Oranges, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, Peter Grimes and _Billy Budd, a work he has championed with the San Francisco and Metropolitan Operas. He returns to the Met on a regular basis having also conducted T_he Barber of Seville, Peter Grimes and new productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Death in Venice.

Atherton was co-founder of the London Sinfonietta and, as its music director, gave the first performance of many important contemporary works. He has opened the Prague Spring Festival and the Berliner Festspiele with the Berlin Philharmonic, and travels widely, in particular to the United States where he regularly visits many of the leading North American orchestras. From 1980 to 1987 he was music director of the San Diego Symphony, and he returns to California each summer to direct the Mainly Mozart Festival, which he founded in 1989. He has also held titled positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

About the Ticket Supplier: Mainly Mozart

Mainly Mozart is a bi-national, not-for-profit corporation that produces concerts throughout the year in San Diego County and Baja, California--the highlight of which is an annual summer music festival.

1. To promote an annual music festival of orchestral and chamber music concerts of Mozart's (as well as other classical composers), with performances of the highest artistic quality consistent with fiscal responsibility;
2. To foster the education and appreciation of classical music and master musicians.

In addition, Mainly Mozart's educational outreach programs reach over 50,000 students in both countries. Annual funding for Mainly Mozart is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; the County of San Diego Community Enhancement program; the California Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; and contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations.