Mainly Mozart, Tijuana’s Centro de Artes partner across the border

Posted on: May 13, 2013

In Sunday’s (5/12) Union-Tribune (San Diego), James Chute writes, “San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and Tijuana’s Centro de Artes Musicales, the city’s primary classical music institution, have agreed to an unprecedented collaboration that will create what may be the first binational youth orchestra in the U.S. Members of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, formerly the San Diego Young Artists Symphony, will join musicians in the Centro’s advanced student orchestra to form the Youth Orchestra of the Californias/Orquesta Juvenil de los Californias. ‘It’s a symbol of what should be a higher level of collaboration and cooperation between the two cities,’ said Jack McGrory, president of Mainly Mozart’s board and CEO of La Jolla MJ Management. … Details regarding structure and programming are still being worked out, but the binational orchestra expects to perform on both sides of the border, including an annual concert at San Diego’s New Children’s Museum, where the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra will be ensemble-in-residence. ‘It is encouraging and exciting to see our two communities come together this way,’ said Bob Filner, the mayor of San Diego, in a statement. ‘Music is a universal unifier. I trust San Diego’s relationship with Tijuana will become stronger through this effort.’ ”

Posted May 13, 2013