San Diego, CA–Mainly Mozart, in partnership with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC), will present a special benefit concert titled “A Path Forward” to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11.
Saturday’s event will raise funds and bring awareness to NCRC’s mission to overcome hatred, intolerance, and incivility while ensuring the memories of the heroes and victims are not forgotten. Members of the Del Mar Fire Department and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District will participate in a special tribute in memory of 9/11.
The open-air benefit concert starting at 7:30 p.m. will be conducted by Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and San Diego native, David Chan, and feature the legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis and Nicaraguan-American soprano Gabriella Reyes, along with the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra. The program will consist of pieces by world-renowned composers from Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Giacomo Puccini to Pedro Iturralde Ochoa. In addition, sounds of modern composers like George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, and Peter Lieberson will also enliven the evening.
“When we began planning our September 2021 program, we knew that we wanted to incorporate and commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11,” said Mainly Mozart CEO Nancy Laturno. “In collaboration with the NCRC, we are grateful to be given this special opportunity to memorialize such a solemn occasion while the audience is immersed in the healing power of live music.”
“The 20th anniversary of 9/11 brings back painful memories for so many of us. But rather than staying in pain, the National Conflict Resolution Center is working toward healing through our ‘A Path Forward’ initiative,” said NCRC President Steven Dinkin. “Most often, our medium is dialogue – but on this September 11, we will turn to music, in a unique collaboration with Mainly Mozart. We look forward to a magical and memorable evening with legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra.”
NCRC launched “A Path Forward” dialogue series in 2019, bringing together diverse members of the community to meet each other, create relationships, listen deeply, and discover ways to move forward together. The series continues to engage many thousands throughout the region.
Seating will be located on the grass area with VIP table seating for four and “pod-style” seating for households up to four. Tickets start at $75/pod in section B and $150/pod in section A; $300/two VIP Seats; and $500/VIP Table, which includes a charcuterie plate and bottle of wine or champagne.
For more information on the “A Path Forward” Benefit Concert or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.mainlymozart.org/path-forward