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PRODUCTION MANAGER

If you have any specific questions about Copley Symphony Hall Technical Information, please contact:

Jennifer Ringle, Production Manager
mail to: jringle@sandiegosymphony.org
619.615.3905

or

Carlos Cota (IATSE Business Rep., Local #122)
619.640.0042

 

FOR HALL RENTAL, CONTACT:
Justin Neglia, Manager of Business Development
619.237.1960
jneglia@sandiegosymphony.org

 

 

FREE TOURS OF
THE JACOBS MUSIC CENTER

Join us for a free monthly one hour tour of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center (including Copley Symphony Hall) starting at 12 noon from the front of the Jacobs Music Center TIcket Office in Symphony Towers (NE corner of 7th and B, enter building from B Street). This behind-the-scenes look at the Jacobs Music Center includes an opportunity to listen to several minutes of a San Diego Symphony rehearsal inside Copley Symphony Hall. No reservations are required, though groups of 20 or more should call 619.615.3955 to alert us you're coming. Tour is recommended for ages 12 and up only. See our Hall Tour Page for upcoming tour dates.

For more information, e-mail jdsmith@sandiegosymphony.org

 

JACOBS MUSIC CENTER TICKET OFFICE
750 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101

EMBARCADERO MARINA PARK SOUTH
206 Marina Park Way
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.235.0804
Fax: 619.231.3848
Urgent ticketing issues? Contact us at:
tickets@sandiegosymphony.org

Normal business hours:
Monday – Friday:
10am - 6pm (5pm summer)
Saturday & Sunday:
12noon - 4pm
(Sat-Sun hours vary in summer)

Seniors, Military (with ID) and Student (with ID) $3 off discounts are available via phone and window sales only (no web), and can be applied to most seats. These discounts are not valid in the Champagne, Premium Cabaret or Lawn sections at the Embarcadero. Family Packs and ongoing Corporate discounting offers must also be processed directly though the Ticket Office window and phones. 

 

COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Download Technical Information as a PDF

 

Stage/Production Manager
Production Crew
Stage Entrances and Exits
Load In and Load Out
Local Street Access
Dressing Rooms
Stage Measurements/Proscenium Opening
Counterweight System
Stage Surface
Acoustical Shell Walls
Acoustical Ceiling Panels
Stage Apron
Orchestra Pit
Piano Lift
Draperies
Rigging
Electrical
Lighting
House Lights
Lighting Inventory
Sound
Sound Check

Front of House:
Entrances and Exits
Parking
Centennial Banners
Box Office
Catering

Stage/Production Manager

The San Diego Symphony technical director/ stage manager will be present at all load-ins, rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performances. It is this person’s responsibility to represent the Association in all production matters, act as a resource to protect Copley Symphony Hall, and supervise San Diego Symphony-owned equipment. A management fee will be charged in addition to stage crew charges.


Production Crew

The Association’s contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) requires that all renters of Symphony Hall employ union stagehands. Our minimum requirement is for three Heads of Department, those being carpenter, electrician and properties. If your production requires the use of sound amplification/recording, the use of the fly-rail or video, it will be necessary to employ additional Heads of Department.

CREW RATES (Important): Please call for rate information. In order to expedite an accurate estimate, please have a technical rider or a detailed idea of your production needs and an anticipated schedule for the day(s) you will be renting the Hall.

SHOW CALL: A show call based on a 3.5-hour minimum will be charged for all rental events that include a performance for which tickets are sold. Show call rates vary and should be confirmed with I.A.T.S.E. management staff. Cancellations must be made no later than 12 hours before call time to avoid the four-hour minimum charge. I.A.T.S.E. costs include hourly rates, benefits, and payroll/workers compensation.

OVERTIME: Will be billed at 1.5 times the base rate after 8 hours daily. Double (2) time be will be charged for work performed between midnight and 8 a.m. or after 12 hours in one day. For work on holidays (including NYD, MLK Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, President's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day following Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), the base rate will be double the straight time hourly for all hours except actual performances, which will be paid as 1.5 times of performance rate.

MEALS: One hour must be allowed for a meal after every 5 continuous hours of work, or a meal penalty of 1.5 times the base rate will be paid until a one-hour meal break is given. (Overtime rate also applies when exceeded in conjunction with a meal penalty period.)


Stage Entrances and Exits

The service freight elevator (for stage loading) is located on 8th Avenue between "A" and "B" streets. The stage door (artist's entrance) is located on 8th Avenue immediately south of the elevator.

There are fire exits on the northeast and southeast sides of the hall on all levels.


Load In and Load Out

The stage is approximately 23’ below Eighth Avenue. The primary loading access to the stage is a freight elevator located stage left, with gate openings at sidewalk, stage, and basement levels. The elevator has a capacity of 5,000 lbs. Its gate opening at stage level is 5' x 7', and the elevator interior length is 15' 8". Additionally, there is a 14'-0" high by 6'-0" wide wall opening at the sidewalk level, 23’ above the stage. Large set pieces may be lowered to the stage through this, via block and falls or by a chain hoist system consisting of (2) 1 ton motors attached to a beam that can lift and lower approximately 4,000 pounds to the stage level.

Note: some events may require City Traffic Control during load in / load out. Please call for details.


Local Street Access

Eighth Avenue is a one-way street, and is graded approximately 30° downhill in the direction of travel. Average loading time is slightly over one hour per truck with a sufficient crew size. There is a commercial loading zone immediately outside the freight elevator for loading and unloading; however, full day truck-parking arrangements MUST be made in advance. (See additional section.) Due to the grade of the hill at the freight elevator, traffic control is required for all semi trucks longer than 45' in length. Scheduling and cost will be determined during advance process per city regulations.


Dressing Rooms

During the summer of 2008, the basement level dressing rooms / green room areas underwent a complete remodel / upgrade. This upgrade was intended to not only improve the visual appearance of the space but also allow for an enhanced green room environment for all to share. Upgrades include but are not limited to: new flooring, furniture, restrooms and locker rooms in conjunction with a limited use kitchenette area. Lockers in the basement areas are the property of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and are not available for rental use. Locker rooms may be used, but that use must be approved by SDSOA during the advance process.

Rm# Location Description
/ Size
Private restroom Sinks Showers
A Stage level Suite Yes 1 1
B Stage level 2-3 people Yes 1 0
1 Basement Small (1-3 people) No 1 0
2 Basement Small (1-3 people) No 1 0
Basement Common gathering room or "musicians' lounge" No 0 0
Ladies' Basement 1 facility, multiple stalls, ADA includes shower stall
Mens' Basement 1 facility, multiple stalls, ADA includes shower stall

Stage Measurements / Proscenium Opening

Height (Permanent Valance) 30’-0"
Height (Structural) 31’-8"
Width (Structural) 50’-0"
Distances  
Proscenium to upstage permanent pillars 30’-9"
Proscenium to upstage wall 45’-1"
Last set of lines to upstage pillars 0'-3"
Stage floor to grid 69’-10"
Curtain line to edge of apron 15’-3"
Curtain line to balcony rail 62’-0"
Curtain line to rear wall, main floor 112’-0"
Curtain line to projection booth 138’-0"
Stage height above main floor 0'-33"



Counterweight System

LS

 

Distance US of Proscenium   LS   Distance US of Proscenium
0 Fire Curtain     23   14’ – 0"
1 Main Curtain 0’ – 8"   24 #3 Border 14’ – 6"
53 30’9" DERIGGED   25 #3 Legs 15’ – 0"
52 45’1" DERIGGED   47 Split Pipe 
#4 House Legs S.L. [+US STOR]
27’ – 10"
2 #1 Border 1’ – 2"   48 Split Pipe 
#4 House Legs S.R. [+US STOR]
28’ – 4"
3 #1 Legs 1’ – 6"   50* House Blackout [+US STOR] 29’ – 4"
4 Movie Screen 2’ – 0"   26   17’ – 10"
5   3’ – 6"   27   18’ – 4"
51* Stage Right Tab [+2 CEI]     28  #3 House Border 18’ – 10"
54* Stage Left Tab [+2 CEI]     29  #3 House Legs 19’ – 4"
49* House Cyc (White) [+2 CEI] 28’ – 10"   30   19’ – 7"
6   5’ – 4"   31*   19’ – 10"
7   5’ – 10"   32*   20’ – 4"
8   6’ – 4"   33   20’ – 10"
9   6’ – 10"   34   21’ – 4"
10   7’ – 6"   35 #4 Border 21’ – 10"
11   8’ – 0"   36 #4 Legs 22’ – 4"
12 8’ – 6"   37   22’ – 10"
13 #2 House Border 9’ – 0"   38 #4 Ceiling 23’ – 4"
14* #2 House Legs  9’ – 6"   39   23’ – 10"
15*   10’ – 0"   40 Double arbor/single pipe (breasted away) 24’ – 4"
16   10’ – 6"   41 Double arbor/single pipe (breasted away) 24’ – 10"
17   11’ – 0"   42   25’ – 4"
18   11’ – 6"   43   25’ – 10"
19   12’ – 0"   44   26’ – 4"
20   12’ – 6"   45   26’ – 10"
21   13’ – 0"   46   27’ – 4"
22 #3 Ceiling 13’ – 6"        

Notes:

  • Arbors are 8’ high
  • Capacity is APPROXIMATELY 550 lbs./arbor
  • * Indicates pipes fly-able while ceiling is in place.
  • +2 CEI = Motorized control for #2 ceiling pipe is in place of these three lines (18" width).
  • +US STOR = Motorized control for storage pipe (when #1 ceiling is removed from standard position over apron) is in place of these three lines (18" width).

     


    Stage Surface

    During the summer of 2002, a new Brazilian cherry hardwood floor was installed as the stage surface of Symphony Hall. This upgrade was intended to not only improve the visual appearance of the Hall, but also to assist the acoustics and augment an audience member’s overall experience. The flooring extends from wall-to-wall and covers the entire stage area including the main performance area, orchestra pit cover, piano lift and backstage areas. The floor color is natural (no stain) with a satin protective finish.

    While we understand that regular wear and tear is unavoidable, we request that you follow these guidelines for working and performing on the Symphony Hall stage:

    • No drilling will be done into the stage floor.
    • No food or drink other than water, preferably in a bottle or other container, is allowed on stage (this includes backstage areas).
    • All scenery, electrical and sound gear, props, flying pieces and all other stage equipment may not have sharp edges. All rough-edged metal gear must be padded.
    • Please do not drag items such as truss or chain motors even a short distance on the stage. We have carpets and mats in a variety of sizes readily available to place underneath sharp edges of any stage equipment.
    • All adhesive tapes (gaff, duct, spike, etc.) must be used sparingly on stage. Please be aware that when placing tape, do not stretch it over the floor, but rather let it relax prior to adhering it to the floor surface of the stage. Please take care when removing the tape. When removed too quickly, areas of the wood finish will be removed.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: A $100.00 fine will be added for any severe violation of these guidelines.

    Acoustical Shell Walls

    The shell wall consists of ten solid wood panels that were designed to enhance the acoustics in the Hall. There are four panels along the rear of the stage; these run parallel to the proscenium. Each side is made up of three panels, which are placed on an angle connecting the end of the rear wall with the proscenium opening. An offstage-opening double door is set in the farthest downstage panel on each side of the stage. This is our standard orchestra configuration.

    Smaller ensembles that wish to use the stage with the shell have the option of "shrinking" it. This includes removing and storing the two upstage walls on each side of the stage and bringing the rear wall forward to meet the sidewall sections that contain the doors. This allows for a more intimate setting and clearer acoustics for small ensembles and recital soloists.


    Acoustical Ceiling Panels

    The ceiling panels are another part of the Hall’s acoustical upgrade. There are four ceilings – one downstage of the proscenium (#1) and three upstage of the proscenium (#s 2, 3 and 4, these are numbered in order from down to upstage).

    The panel heights are adjustable; however, when they were installed their heights were tested and individually adjusted to be optimal for orchestral performances. These are the heights we recommend and automatically have preset unless otherwise requested. Each ceiling contains six inset strip lights.

    If the ceilings are not necessary for your event, they can be all or individually "removed." The following chart shows the control mechanism for each panel, and which can be tripped to vertical or must be removed for storage.

  • Panel # Control Trip/Removable
    1 Motor Remove
    2 Motor Trip
    3 Flyrail Trip
    4 Flyrail Trip

    The first ceiling must be brought in to stage level, removed from the pipe and transported in sections aboard dollies to an upstage motorized storage pipe, where it is hung, then tripped to vertical and flown out. The location of this pipe can be found on the Counterweight System chart.


    Stage Apron

    The apron deck is 14'-0" deep from the downstage edge to proscenium at center mark, and 50'-0" wide at proscenium line. The apron depth is fixed.

    The surface of the apron is of the same cherry wood as the stage floor, and is installed and removed in sections which are supported from underneath by steel beams and framing to create an orchestra pit. The majority of these cover sections are 4' square; the rest were designed and built to fit the existing rounded thrust stage. They can be secured at stage level (standard), audience level, or removed completely for pit orchestra configuration.


    Orchestra Pit

    The orchestra pit floor is 7’-4" lower than the stage level, and the surface of the walls and floor is concrete and has been painted black. The pit can accommodate 30 to 35 musicians comfortably, depending on instrumentation. The pit is accessed by a 5-step-up stairwell located center stage, basement level off the dressing room hallway.

    Due to the dense, heavy nature and solid construction of the pit cover sections, additional costs will be incurred by planning to move the level of the pit cover to any other but stage and returning it to stage at the end of your production.


    Piano Lift

    During the summer of 2002, a piano lift was installed in the stage floor in order to allow more ease for the presentation and removal of a solo piano during a concert performance. The lift is located extreme downstage center and measures 7’ deep x 13’ wide with a tapered front (apron) edge. Control is motorized and can be run from back stage right, or it can be run from on the lift itself through an access panel in the floor by connecting the control pendant. The surface is of the same cherry wood as the stage floor and can be set at pit, audience or stage level. Humans may not use it as a secret entrance or trap door.


    Draperies

    The front curtain is burgundy in color, flies in and out, and is split at center and travels. There are 4 pairs of black legs (30’ high x 12’ wide), 4 sets of black borders (12’ high x 60’ wide), and a full-stage black backdrop (30’ high x 60’ wide). All are sewn with fullness. There are no black travelers in house.


    Rigging

    There are 54 sets of lines on 6" centers. There is no permanent electrical. Most sets can be stripped to accommodate show requirements. The line set battens are of 1 1/2" single pipe construction, not trussed. The pipe battens are 54’-6" long. The pipes are bridled for pickup support, and can fly from a high of 4’-6" beneath the grid to within 4’ of the stage floor. The locking rail is located on stage right at stage level; there is no pin rail stage right. The loading bridges are located 10’-6", 32’-0", and 54’-0" above the stage right floor.


    Electrical

    There are two bull-switches located stage right approximately 10’ from the proscenium. Both switches are 3 phase, 600 amps per leg, 110/220 VAC. These are bussed units, with 450 cm Al/Cu lugs provided. There is an additional bull switch located stage left, 50’ from the proscenium. This switch provides three phases, 200 amps per leg, 110/220 VAC, and has 35’ cam lock tails (2/0) permanently installed. It is generally used for sound taps.


    Lighting

    Principal lighting positions available in front of the proscenium include:

    Side (Box) Booms 20’ from the stage on both sides of the house; approx. 20’ above stage level.
    Balcony Rail Approx. 62’ from curtain line, approx. 30° relative to the stage
    House Booms Approx. 80’ from curtain line.
    Projection Booth Approx. 138’ from the curtain line, at the rear of the balcony.
    Spot Lights 2 Xenon Medium Throw SuperTroupers at the rear of the balcony.
    Chandelier Approx. 85’ from curtain line, approx. 45° relative to the stage.

    The permanent house hang consists of twelve ETC 10 degree lekos on the chandelier position, six ETC 9 lekos on each box boom and twenty 6x16 lekos on the balcony rail.


    House Lights

    House light controls (dimmers) are controlled from stage right, the control booth in the rear of the main floor, and from the projection booth. These are independent, and cannot be patched into the road show circuitry.

    All front-of-house circuits from the booms and balcony rail terminate in a patching bay stage right. All of these circuits are standard, 3-pin stage plug (20 amp connectors) and can be utilized and patched into road show circuitry, if the road show has comparable connectors. Symphony Hall does not provide adapters.


    Lighting Inventory

    Ellipsoidal Reflectors (all axial mount)
    6 x 9 750 W 3 Units
    6 x 12 1000 W 18 Units
    6 x 16 1000 W 32 Units
    6 x 22 1000 W 10 Units
         
    8" Fresnels 1000 W 6 Units
    Source 4 Pars with lens kits   78 Units
    Par 64 1000 W 39 Units
    6" x 3" circuit R-40 strip lights (12 A per strip; 150 W per lamp)   10 Units

    Please note that the above inventory is not available during the months of June, July, August and September as they are used for the San Diego Symphony's Summer Pops series.

    Digital upgrades during the summer of 2009 include an ITC Ion board. Additional architectural lighting in the chamber has been added to enhance structural features of the historic 1929 Fox Theatre, Symphony Hall's original incarnation.


    Sound

    • If your event requires sound amplification, please call Jennifer Ringle at 619.615.3905.
    • Copley Symphony Hall was originally built as a movie house in 1929 and has been acoustically upgraded to accommodate non-amplified orchestral performances.
    • A small PA system is in place for limited lecture and talk back purposes.
    • A larger PA system is available in house to accommodate amplified engagements for an additional rental fee.  This allows the hall to be covered evenly by two systems plus subwoofers.  A 3 box WorxAudio WX6A frontfill system covers approximately the first 6-8 rows of the center of the seating area that are beneath the main clusters. The left and right clusters can be hung from the downstage pipe in situations where the ceiling is removed.  The up/downstage position is approximately 3 'upstage of the peak of the orchestra pit extension.  The on/offstage position is approximately 6' onstage of the proscenium arch opening.  One dual 18" WorxAudio WX218S subwoofer is located on the stage, directly below each main cluster.  Each cluster is comprised of 4 JBL VRX 932, 2-way vertical line array enclosures.  In addition, each cluster has 3 circuits for shading purposes.  The main arrays are wired for stereo from a Midas Venice 320 32 channel audio mixer.  This Venice has 24 preamp inputs, 8 line inputs and 6 aux sends. Main EQ is provided by 1 dual channel Ashley 1/3 octave EQ.  Delay and EQ for the frontfills is taken care of by a Yamaha YDP EQ/Processor.  Also available in the house drive rack is 2 channels of DBX compression and one CD player.  The permanently wired snake has 24 mic and 4 return lines.
    • This system is capable of covering the venue evenly to 105db. Additional equipment and configurations are available from Copley's Production Rental Provider, Power Plus Sound & Lighting, Inc. (www.powerpluscorp.com). Please feel free to ask for technical support and/or a catalog of available equipment.  The Power Plus representative to the San Diego Symphony and Copley Symphony Hall is Lane Rickard, 760.727.1717 or lane@powerpluscorp.com 

    Sound Check

    Should you bring your own sound reinforcement in, it is crucial to pay particular attention to the Balcony and Mezzanine during sound check. In order to reach optimal sound in Symphony Hall, a technician should be in the upper level during sound check to ensure that all levels will be satisfactory to the audience. Please know that it is strongly recommended to mix from the Front of House position.


    COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL - FRONT OF HOUSE 

    Theater Capacity

    Floor Level

    1,321

    Floor Level: ADA Accessible (included in above)

    49

    Grand Tier

    209

    Grand Tier: ADA Accessible (included in above)

    4

    Mezzanine

    333

    Balcony

    368

    Grand Total

    2,231


    Entrances and Exits

    The Patron Entrance and Box Office are in the west end of Symphony Towers' lobby, located on "B" Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. There is an additional patron entrance to the upper lobby area located on Seventh Avenue.

    Revelle Room entrances are on Seventh Avenue and in upper lobby of the hall.

    The freight elevator (for stage loading) is located on 8th Avenue between "A" and "B" streets. The stage door (artist’s entrance) is located on 8th Avenue immediately south of the elevator.

    Fire exits are located at the northeast and southeast sides of the hall on all levels.


    Parking

    PATRON PARKING: Symphony Hall management alerts commercial parking lots in the vicinity of the hall prior to each event so additional traffic can be anticipated. AMPCO, Ace or Five Star parking companies manage nearby lots and charge from $8.00 to $10.00 per vehicle. Sheraton Suites offers parking for patrons with interior elevator access to the Symphony Towers lobby.

    VALET PARKING: We have a standing relationship with Valet Operations. If you would like to utilize this service, please call for details.

    BUS & TRUCK PARKING: It is important to alert Symphony Hall management of your truck and bus parking needs so that we can contact the appropriate parties and attempt to reserve parking. A commercial lot located on "B" Street and 8th Avenue can accommodate buses and trucks on a space-available basis for $250-$500 depending on space requirements. Most often we engage special event parking via the City of San Diego for your bus or truck parking. Contact Jennifer Ringle for more information at 619.615.3905.


    Centennial Banners

    San Diego Symphony's Centennial Banners are located inside of the chamber to the house right and left of the proscenium opening and will remain in place for all Copley Symphony Hall events.


    Box Office

    Copley Symphony Hall is equipped with the BOCA ticketing system. Box Office hours of operation are from 10:00am - 6pm Monday through Friday. The Box Office is not typically open Saturday and Sunday, but arrangements may be made to accommodate your event. Our Box Office accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. For more details, please contact Lisa Baker, Associate Director of Marketing - Ticket Services, at 619.615.3945.


    Catering

    A list of preferred caterers are available in the Facility Operations Department. Please call 619.615.3909 for details. The Sheraton holds the liquor license for the facility and must be utilized for events involving alcohol sales. All caterers are required to provide a copy of their City of San Diego business license, their California health permit, and a certificate of insurance naming the "San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association" as additional insured.