Special Opportunity - Genius Night at the Mainly Mozart Festival!

A chance to meet with innovative thinkers, scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs from San Diego!

What defines prodigy? Is prodigy a result of nature or nurture? How does prodigy relate to music?


The Mainly Mozart Festival in partnership with UC San Diego is hosting a series of lectures with renowned and international scientists and scholars on the topic of “prodigy” (i.e. what defines prodigy, is prodigy nature vs nurture, its relationship with music). The lectures are geared toward those in the science and medical industry. As the culmination of this series, on Saturday, June 18th, there will be a special event called “Genius Night” before the concert which will celebrate the lecturers in an intimate setting (less than 100 people) hosted by a special group of innovative thinkers, scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs who are based in San Diego.  HCSD members will have an opportunity to meet with the scientists who have Harvard connections beforehand.                                                                                                                                                        

Among the scientists who are hosting lectures on prodigy are two Harvard alums -  Dr. John Iversen (AB ’90) and Dr. Mark Tramo (PHD ’98). Dr. Iversen's research looks at the relationship between music training on children’s brains and cognitive development. Dr. Tramo founded the world’s first Music and Brain course at Harvard College in 1997 and was on Harvard University’s steering committee for mind/brain/behavior initiative from 2000-2009. Meet Drs. Iversen and Tramo as well as Mainly Mozart Festival Music Director Michael Francis before the reception for a short Q&A.

The Genius Night event costs $200 per person, however, HCSD members can receive a 50% discount which includes the Genius Night Reception, a ticket to the concert, free parking (at the EvoNexus Incubator building, right near Balboa Theater), plus a Q&A with the Harvard alumni scientists prior to the reception. Use the promo code  hacl100gnr and register here.

For more information about Genius Night and the host committee, you can visit: http://mainlymozart.org/events-cal/event-cal/genius-night/

For more information about the Harvard alum scientists, you can visit: John Iversen (http://mainlymozart.org/person/john-iversen/) and Mark Tramo (http://mainlymozart.org/person/mark-tramo/)


Event Schedule:

5:30-6:00 p.m. -  Q&A with Dr. John Iversen (AB’90) and Dr. Mark Tramo (PHD ’98) @ EvoNexus Incubator building (HCSD members only)

6:00-7:15 p.m. - Genius Night Reception @ EvoNexus Incubator building

7:30 p.m. -  Festival Orchestra Concert: “The Master Prodigy” @ Balboa Theatre


Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestrathe Festival Orchestra is quite special, primarily comprised of concertmasters and principals from leading North American orchestras, including Cleveland, LA Phil, Dallas (an All-Star group) which is unique to any festival in the US!

Michael Francis, conductor

Gavin George, piano


Musical Program: 

LEOPOLD MOZART: Cassation in G Major (Toy Symphony)

MOZART: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, K. 22

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 5 in D Major, K. 175

MOZART: Symphony No. 52, K. 102/213c

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11


For more information about the concert, you can visit: http://mainlymozart.org/events-cal/event-cal/mozart-mozart-medelssohn-balboa-theater/