Music in Celebration of Balboa Park Centennial


Untitled-1SAN DIEGO, CA (June 1, 2015) – San Diego Makes Music is a free concert experience that invites all community musicians to participate on Sunday, June 14 at 3:00pm in the Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park.


Mainly Mozart has invited 33 high-level amateur musicians to sit side-by-side with members of the all-star Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the baton of new Music Director Michael Francis. Since there’s not enough room onstage for everyone to play, musicians of all ability levels are encouraged to participate from the audience. This is a day for all of San Diego to join forces in celebration of music making and the Centennial of Balboa Park, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and cultural hubs.


“San Diego Makes Music is a project that elicits the interest of amateur musicians in our community to perform classical repertoire alongside professional musicians,” says Mainly Mozart Director of Artistic Operations Drew Cady. “Through this experience, we hope to empower and give them encouragement to strive toward a higher level of skill in their pursuit as musicians. An hour side-by-side with a professional musician can fortify one’s intentions to aspire as a musician and play with more commitment and passion.”


“As a freelance musician operating in San Diego, it is such an honor to participate in one of the country’s leading and venerable music festivals especially as we celebrate the centennial of one of my favorite places here – Balboa Park,” says San Diego Makes Music participant Gerard Lambert. “Not only will we be making amazing music on such a historic event, but we will get rare insight into the interpersonal dynamic among the country’s leading musical artists in a side-by-side orchestra setting; which can only elevate San Diego’s general musicianship, as we take those lessons into our ensembles.”


Mainly Mozart seeks to engage both amateur and student musicians in the community. Music for the community play along component of San Diego Makes Music is available and arranged for three skill levels on the Mainly Mozart website. If interested in participating, please visit www.mainlymozart.org/san-diego-makes-music to sign up– don’t forget your lawn chair! For more information about San Diego Makes Music, contact Drew Cady at (619) 239-0100 x 303.

A cultural icon celebrated for its imaginative and thoughtfully curated programming, artistic excellence, and distinguished history of acclaimed performances, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart is one of North America’s major music destinations. Its mission is to enrich the lives of today’s passionate music lovers by connecting them to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians and music making, and to each other.


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