San Diego Symphony’s Shell concert venue named for donors

Posted on: May 17, 2021

“After quietly raising $98.7 million from key philanthropic supporters over the past five years, the San Diego Symphony will announce today that its new bayside concert venue downtown will officially be called The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park,” writes George Varga in Thursday’s (5/13) San Diego Union-Tribune. “The name is in honor of its two top donors: Ernest and Evelyn Rady contributed the lead gift of $15 million toward the construction of the venue, while Joan and Irwin Jacobs gave $11 million. The outdoor venue’s central gathering space for dining and socializing will be named Prebys Plaza in honor of the late Conrad Prebys and The Conrad  Prebys  Foundation, which contributed $15 million…. The performance area is being named the Una Davis Family Stage, in honor of symphony board member Davis. Her $10 million contribution in early 2019 … provided key momentum for the soon-to-open venue…. The four biggest contributions alone account for $51 million of the $98.7 million raised … in [the orchestra’s] $125 million capital campaign…. Money brought in by the campaign will also help cover infrastructure improvements at downtown’s Copley Symphony Hall at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center, the symphony’s currently shuttered indoor home.”