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Mainly Mozart Opens Season with Quintessential Spotlight Series 2013, Chamber Music Curated by Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott

December 18, 2012 | By Lauren Ditonto
Marketing Assistant
Mainly Mozart's Spotlight Series 2013 demonstrates the careful consideration of pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, Mainly Mozart's Curator of Chamber Music. Beginning Friday, January 11 and continuing through Saturday, June, 1, 2013, the 20 concert series offers unique chamber music pieces in three venues throughout San Diego, including La Jolla, Carlsbad, and Rancho Santa Fe.

To set the tone for Mainly Mozart's 25th Anniversary season, the opening weekend features Ms. McDermott's hand-picked artists performing specially selected works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart. "These composers," comments Ms. McDermott, "are so famous for their larger works -- symphonies, operas, masses -- yet a special magic imbues their works for small ensembles. Our opening concerts feature works for two and three strings -- intimate, powerful, playful and virtuosic. In the hands of Yura Lee on violin, Cynthia Phelps on viola and cellist Peter Wiley, audiences will marvel at the depth, breath and beauty of chamber music played at the very highest level."

Opening night of the Spotlight Series begins at The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (formerly The Neurosciences Institute) in La Jolla on Friday, January 11th. On the afternoon of Sunday, January 13th, Spotlight continues with a performance by the trio at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad, followed by an evening concert in Rancho Santa Fe at The Crosby Estates, Mainly Mozart's new venue in Rancho Santa Fe.

Violinist Yura Lee, violist Cynthia Phelps and cellist Peter Wiley have captivated audiences worldwide, and now join forces at The Auditorium at TSRI to perform Mozart's Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, as well as Beethoven's String Trio in E flat. Evenings at TSRI in La Jolla start with an included wine reception at 6:30 p.m. right outside the auditorium. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the concert is just over an hour long, performed without intermission, and followed by a brief, stimulating talk-back session with the artists including Curator of Chamber Music, Anne-Marie McDermott.

Sunday afternoon's concert at St. Elizabeth Seton begins at 2:00 p.m. Programming includes Schubert's Trio in B flat, D. 471 and Mozart's Divertimento in E flat, K. 563. The Crosby Estates in Rancho Santa Fe hosts the trio in the well appointed Club House. The evening begins as 5:00 p.m. with an included wine reception and is followed by an hour-long performance (at 6:00 p.m) of Schubert's Trio in B flat, D. 471 and Mozart's Divertimento in E flat, K. 563. A three-course dinner with the artists following the performance is also available for $70, however space is extremely limited.

"We are so pleased to kick-off our 25th Anniversary season with Cynthia Phelps - a long-time member of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and San Diego's favorite, dear friend Peter Wiley who returns following last year's triumphant performance in the Spotlight Series, and new friend to Mainly Mozart, the incredibly talented violinist Yura Lee," said Nancy Laturno Bojanic about this trio. "Anne-Marie McDermott has put together a season of brilliant musicians and dynamic pieces. We hope to see all of San Diego's music lovers at our concerts!"

Tickets are available now by phone at (619) 46-MUSIC, (466-8742), or online at

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About the Artists

Violinist/violist Yura Lee, recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, is enjoying a career that spans almost two decades, and takes her all over the world. Her musical integrity and her compelling artistry were praised by both the critic and some of the most respected artists of today. Strad Magazine proclaims Yura Lee's, "palpable sense of humanity and an exquisite sense of timing."As a soloist, she has appeared with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NDR Symphonieorchester, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and many others. Ms. Lee has performed with conductors Christophe Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikhail Pletnev, among many others.

Cellist Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet, OPUS ONE, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. The New York Times hails Peter Wiley as possessing, "a rich, elegant tone!" Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001, he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. The quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. He has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and, in 2009, with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bridgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Cynthia Phelps is Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Pro Musicis International Foundation Award and top prize at both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition. The Boston Globe cites Cynthia Phelps as "a performer of top rank! The sounds she drew were not only technically faultless but sensuously breathtaking."In addition to appearing as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, she has also performed with the orchestras of Minnesota, San Diego, Bilbao (Spain) and Hong Kong. Recital appearances include Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, and at New York's Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and St. David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. In addition, she has been heard on NPR's St. Paul Sunday Morning, Radio France and RAI in Italy, and has been featured on TV's The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour and CBS Sunday Morning. She toured South America, Israel and Germany with the Zukerman and Friends Ensemble, and performed with the Guarneri String Quartet, and at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Seattle, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Bravo! Colorado, Naples, Cremona and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals. She also appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Boston Chamber Music Society and Chicago Chamber Musicians.

Anne-Marie McDermott (Spotlight Series Curator) is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as soloist and collaborator, and whose repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and Baltimore Symphony among others. Ms. McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In addition to The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival, Ms. McDermott regularly performs at festivals across the United States including Spoleto, Sante Fe, Mostly Mozart, Newport, Caramoor, Bravo, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, Music from Angelfire and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, among others.

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About Mainly Mozart

Now in its 25th year, Mainly Mozart offers year-round programming (Spotlight Series: January-April; The San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival: May-June; Club Amadeus: chamber music in private homes throughout the year; year-round educational enrichment for over 20,000 school children and unique social events) - all in service to our mission: to connect today's and tomorrow's passionate music lovers to the genius and innovation of Mozart and the Masters, to world-class musicians, and to each other.

Funding for Mainly Mozart is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; the County of San Diego at the recommendations of Supervisors Greg Cox, Bill Horn, Pam Slater-Price, and Ron Roberts; and contributions from local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

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Concert Details

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2013. 6:30 PM Wine Reception / 7:30 PM Concert

WHERE: The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla

WHO: Yura Lee, violin Cynthia Phelps, viola Peter Wiley, cello

MUSIC: Mozart's Duo No. 1 in G for Violin and Viola, K. 423 Beethoven's String Trio in E flat, Op. 3

TICKETS: $55, Includes Pre-Concert Wine Reception Subscription Packages Start at $240 Call (619) 46 - MUSIC (4660-8742) or visit

INFO: Press Tyler Richards Hewes (619) 239-0100 ext. 307 * * * WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 2013. 2:00 PM

WHERE: St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad

WHO: Yura Lee, violin Cynthia Phelps, viola

Peter Wiley, cello

MUSIC: Schubert's Trio in B flat, D. 471 Mozart's Divertimento in E flat, K. 563 TICKETS: $26 Subscription Packages Start at $75 Call (619) 46 - MUSIC (466-8742) or visit

INFO: Press Tyler Richards Hewes (619) 239-0100 ext. 307

* * * WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 2013. 5:00 PM Wine Reception / 6:00 PM Concert

WHERE: The Crosby Estates, Rancho Santa Fe

WHO: Yura Lee, violin Cynthia Phelps, viola Peter Wiley, cello

MUSIC: Schubert's Trio in B flat, D. 471 Mozart's Divertimento in E flat, K. 563

TICKETS: $70, Includes Pre-Concert Wine Reception $70 Dinner Subscription Packages Start at $325, $625 with Dinner Call (619) 46 - MUSIC (466-8742) or visit

INFO: Press Tyler Richards Hewes (619) 239-0100 ext. 307

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