Mainly Mozart Festival Music Director Michael Francis offered two Mozart Piano Concertos and Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 on Thursday’s Balboa Theatre program. Not surprisingly, virtuoso pianist Anne-Marie McDermott proved the perfect choice of soloist to play the two Mozart concertos back to back .

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If the most rewarding moments of a Mainly Mozart Festival concert can occur during the performance of music by other composers, Saturday’s (June 16) Mainly Mozart program made a great case for that possibility with Johannes Moser’s brilliant solo in Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” Op. 33, and Stravinsky’s sparkling “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto.

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Sunday’s Mainly Mozart concert under the baton of Music Director Michael Francis (June 10) featured the Festival Orchestra augmented by some 15 musicians from the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra, a Piano Concerto commissioned by Mainly Mozart, and a post intermission session in which guest pianist Derek Paravacini took themes and requests from the audience on which he improvised.

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