Mainly Mozart Festival’s drive-in-concert, with San Diego Symphony and LA Phil musicians

Posted on: June 29, 2020

“A pair of concerts produced by San Diego’s Mainly Mozart will welcome back live classical music for a large audience on July 11,” writes Jim Farber in Friday’s (6/26) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Combining elements of a drive-in theater and Woodstock, the concerts, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., will take place outdoors on three acres of private field in Rancho Santa Fe. The audience will be required to stay in their cars, with up to 70 cars admitted to each concert. Presented free, with mandatory reservations, the intermission-less 75-minute concerts will feature eight musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony led by concertmasters Martin Chalifour and Jeff Thayer. The performances of music by Mozart and Mendelssohn will be amplified. The all-string ensemble will perform on a stage large enough to allow for social distancing, and all the performers will wear face coverings…. The two concerts, Chalifour explained, also represent the creative repackaging of a Mainly Mozart Festival program that was to have taken place in June featuring eight members of the LA Phil…. Mainly Mozart CEO Nancy Laturno explained, … ‘We hope these concerts will feel like a celebration for everyone.’ ”