San Diego Symphony outlines details of $125 million renovation of historic downtown venues

Posted on: February 24, 2022

“The San Diego Symphony aimed sky-high with last summer’s opening of The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, its $85 million outdoor concert venue nestled between the bay and the downtown skyline,” writes George Varga in Wednesday’s (2/23) San Diego Union-Tribune. “Now, the 112-year-old orchestra is aiming even higher with today’s announcement of the $125 million renovation of its downtown home, the Jacobs Music Center, and 93-year-old concert venue, Copley Symphony Hall. The comprehensive project is set to be completed in time for next year’s kickoff of the orchestra’s 2023 fall season. The renovation will retain historic elements of Copley Symphony Hall, while bringing it into the 21st century with a redesign that will transform much of the venue…. ‘This is an amazing and fantastic opportunity. I am overjoyed,’ [said] Rafael Payare, the symphony’s charismatic music director…. To bring about this transformation, the symphony is teaming with … Connecticut-based acoustical design company Akustiks; Minnesota-based HGA, one of the nation’s leading design and restoration companies for classical music concert halls and other arts facilities; and Schuler Shook, an international theater-planning and architectural-lighting design company.” The article details the changes in the renovation and includes a timeline of the buildings’ history.