San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert on December 6, 1910. In the 100-plus years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra has become one of the finest orchestras in the United States and was designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras. In 2010 the Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary and was the first California orchestra to reach this milestone.
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs over 120 concerts annually including the Jacobs Masterworks (conducted by Music Director Jahja Ling) offering classical repertoire and featuring acclaimed guest artists such as Lang Lang, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman and the City Lights series led by principal pops conductor and Academy-Award® winning composer Bill Conti. Each summer, the Orchestra presents an outdoor series of Summer Pops concerts featuring classical favorites and popular programs in a festive, outdoor setting on San Diego’s picturesque waterfront.
The home of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego, regarded as one of the finest classical music venues on the West Coast, originally built in 1929 as The Fox Theatre movie palace. In October 2013 the SDSO made its acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut featuring piano soloist Lang Lang, and immediately followed with an 11-day China Friendship Tour with concerts in Beijing, Shanghai and San Diego’s sister city, Yantai.