The San Diego Symphony announced Wednesday that construction will begin in September on its permanent band shell on San Diego Bay, with the first concerts scheduled for the summer of 2020.
The permanent venue at Embarcadero Marina Park South will feature an acoustically superior outdoor stage that will allow the symphony to present a wider variety of musical presentations.
Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer said the new facility will be “the most iconic waterfront concert venue on the West Coast” with an acoustically engineered stage that opens to terraced seating for up to 10,000.
“The San Diego Symphony has dreamed of a permanent bayside venue for many years and we share this historic moment with the Port of San Diego,” said Gilmer.
The permanent facility, designed by San Diego-based Tucker Sadler Architects, will replace the temporary stage of recent years. There will also be new public restrooms, lighting, and extensive enhancements to the public park.
The Bayside Performance Park project is being financed solely through private philanthropy, with lead contributions from Una Davis, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and Ernest and Evelyn Rady.
The San Diego Symphony is the oldest orchestra in California and one of the largest and most significant cultural organizations in San Diego.
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