San Diego Symphony’s new outdoor Shell venue to open this weekend

Posted on: August 4, 2021

“Starting Friday, people in San Diego and beyond will be able to hear and see the … San Diego Symphony’s permanent, year-round, outdoor concert venue,” writes George Varga in Friday’s (7/31) San Diego Union Tribune. “The $85-million Rady Shell at Jacobs could have an impact that will reverberate—culturally and economically—for decades to come…. Because of pandemic-related health concerns, the orchestra’s 2021 indoor fall season will be held in large part at the new outdoor venue, not at Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall downtown…. Most concerts will be set up for an audience of 3,500…. The … Rady Shell at Jacobs Park could account for 30 percent of the symphony’s annual earned income…. The symphony will earn additional income by renting Rady Shell at Jacobs Park for private and corporate events.… The venue utilizes approximately 1,600 cubic yards of concrete and 270,000 pounds of steel…. Rafael Payare, the symphony’s music director, is almost giddy when he discusses the benefits of the new venue’s flexible yet precisely attuned audio setup…. ‘We can really hear each other…. You have the intimacy of being inside a wonderful concert hall. But you are actually at an outdoor venue on San Diego Bay.’ ”