San Diego Symphony postpones opening of new outdoor concert venue to 2021

Posted on: May 15, 2020

“The San Diego Symphony’s much-anticipated July 10 opening of The Shell (in photo), its new $45 million, year-round outdoor concert venue, has been pushed back to the summer of 2021 be-cause of the coronavirus pandemic,” writes George Varga in Thursday’s (5/14) San Diego Union-Tribune. “The decision to postpone the opening of the bayside venue—and in turn, its summer season—was described as ‘devastating’ and announced ‘with extreme disappointment’ Thursday afternoon by San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer and Music Director Ravael Payare. The move follows the March cancellation of the remainder of the symphony’s 2020 spring season at downtown’s Copley Symphony Hall. All 34 concerts in this year’s inaugural opening season of The Shell, which is located at Embarcadero Marina Park South, are now canceled. Construction will continue as scheduled, Gilmer said.… ‘There a lot of close quarters when you are backstage and have visiting guest artists who are crossing through many regions and cities,’ she said. ‘It be-came apparent many artists were thinking of canceling their tours … so everybody realized this isn’t the time…. The fact is, we are all well and healthy, and this postponement is a disappointment, not a tragedy, and we’ll move on.’ ”