Listening to the San Diego Symphony, virtually for now, from its new bayfront home

Posted on: June 3, 2021

The Rady Shell at San Diego’s Jacobs Park, which will open to in-person audiences in August.

“If you’re not excited about the Shell, you should be. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park on our bayfront will surely become an iconic presence on the San Diego arts scene,” writes David Coddon in Sunday’s (5/30) San Diego Union-Tribune. “Throughout the silence of the pandemic, I imagined what it would be like when music emanated from beneath and inside it. The wait is over. Last Friday, the San Diego Symphony streamed a virtual performance from the Shell. The program, consisting of Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’ and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 … unfolded beautifully…. Seeing conductor Rafael Payare and symphony musicians actually on the Una Davis Family Stage afforded us a feel for what it will be like for all who will perform in the Shell…. Momentary shots over Payare’s shoulder of fading-blue sky and the spanning San Diego-Coronado Bridge glistening over the bay were … an inspiring reminder of how the arts and our environment can coalesce. Opening weekend for concerts at the Shell is Aug. 6-8…. Among the guest artists in the symphony’s scheduled fall concert series is Jason Mraz, who will perform a world-premiere orchestral piece with symphony musicians on Sept. 26.”