The Rady Shell will open on August 6, featuring Jason Mraz, Yo-Yo Ma and the Indigo Girls
the San Diego Symphony announced that its inaugural concert season at Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the new year-round outdoor venue on the downtown waterfront, will begin on August 6.
The symphony plans more than 40 concerts until November, eight of which are conducted by musical director Rafael Payare. Selections range from classic to Broadway, film, jazz, pop, Latin and classic rock.
“The orchestra, our wonderful guest artists and I can’t wait to feel the connection to finally perform for a live audience again,” Payare said. “It’s a place where the world’s greatest artists will want to perform for one of the world’s greatest audiences.”
Opening night of the new venue will feature Payare conducting the symphony at Mason Bates’s world premiere Soundcheck in C major, a commissioned work for orchestra and turntable; Aldemaro Romero’s Fuga con pajarillo; Saint-Saëns Concerto n ° 1, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein; works by Gounod, Rossini and Rodgers and Hammerstein with bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green; Gershwin Rhapsody in blue with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and Stravinsky Firebird Suite.
Among the highlights of the season at Rady Shell:
- Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will meet his partners in popular “Goat Rodeo” recordings – Stuart Duncan on violin, Edgar Meyer on bass and Chris Thile on mandolin, joined by singer Aoife O’Donovan – in “Not Our First Goat Rodeo” on August 22.
- Stewart copeland, legendary rock star, composer and founder of Police, will make his symphony debut on August 27 at the world premiere of Disturbed police for orchestra, an evening featuring Copeland on drums, vocalists and the orchestra conducted by Edwin Outwater.
- Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason mraz from San Diego will debut with the symphony on September 26, performing songs such as The Remedy and Lucky, arranged specifically for orchestra.
- Folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform with the symphony on October 10.
The symphony will move its fall season, which would normally take place at Copley Symphony Hall, into the shell, offering seven Masterworks programs, including seven concerts conducted by Payare.
Single tickets and subscription packages are available. Complete information is online at TheShell.org.