The San Diego Symphony to cancel all classical concerts
through December 31, 2020 and all Season 2020/21 non-classical series
at Copley Symphony Hall AT Jacobs Music Center.

Though we hoped very much that we could open the 2020-21 Season with live performances this fall, the reality is that we must wait to once again hear our Orchestra until it is safe for us to gather together.

Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO headshot

"I want to thank you for the incredible loyalty and support you have shown to the Symphony during this challenging time. It is the knowledge of your commitment to live musical performance, your enjoyment of music even in virtual form, and your heartfelt generosity that has kept me and my colleagues optimistic and forward looking during this time. We will get through this challenge and emerge a stronger organization and orchestra thanks to you."

Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO


SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Will the 21/22 programming be the same as the 20/21 programming?

While some of the guest artists who were scheduled to perform in the 20/21 season may join us for our 21/22 season, the programs will be different. We anticipate sharing the 21/22 season programming with you in April 2021, at which time you will have the opportunity to make changes to your subscription.

What is happening for the second half of the 20/21 season?

We simply don’t know yet. While these concerts have not yet been officially canceled, we know that due to social distancing requirements seating configurations will likely change and some guest artists may not be able to travel to be with us because of the pandemic. If the San Diego Symphony is permitted to stage live events in early 2021, we promise that subscribers will be the first to know and will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.

Can I get an account credit or refund instead of the 21/22 subscription?

Yes, you can request to donate, receive an account credit or refund for your 20/21 subscription instead of having that subscription automatically moved to the 21/22 season. If you later decide to return for the 21/22 season, we will keep your original seats reserved on your account for renewal until the new deadline in Spring 2021.

If you are able, we hope you will keep your subscription with us to offset the financial impact of COVID-19 on the San Diego Symphony. By keeping your subscription in 21/22, you will retain your seats for what will be a joy-filled return to Copley Symphony Hall, while keeping the San Diego Symphony strong until we are able to earn ticket revenue once more.

What about tickets to special concerts that I added to my subscription?

You may donate, credit your account or request a refund for any tickets or concerts added to your subscription.

Who can I speak to about my tickets?

Our ticketing staff are here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through this process. Please contact us by email at tickets@sandiegosymphony.org or by phone at 619.235.0804 between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday. Due to heavy phone volume and reduced staff, we encourage you to contact us by email to avoid experiencing longer than normal wait times.

What is the San Diego Symphony doing during this time?

While our venues – Copley Symphony Hall at Jacob’s Music Center, and The ShellSM – are closed, we continue to connect with our audiences through a variety of digital programs and the sharing of socially distanced performances by our musicians on social media. In April we launched a dedicated webpage called Symphony Stream to gather all of the virtual content available.

In addition, we have begun plans to safely gather ensembles of musicians together to perform. We’re looking at ways we may safely gather small audiences for those short concerts as well as live streaming and on-demand viewing of those performances. We look forward to announcing more about this programming and how you can enjoy it in early September.

As San Diegans may have been anticipating, due to the COVID-19 crisis and the continued need for social distancing, we must cancel all Jacobs Masterworks concerts at Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center through December 31, 2020. In addition, all special concerts and all concerts in our Broadway @ The Jacobs, Jazz @ The Jacobs, Fox Theatre Film, and Family Concerts series will be canceled through May of 2021. All of us had hoped that we could resume live performances earlier, but the reality is that we must wait to once again hear our Orchestra and present live music until it is safe for us to gather together.

As a result of these cancelations and to simplify the ticketing process, we will automatically move subscribers' 2020/21 subscriptions into the 2021/22 season. There is no need to contact us. We anticipate sharing the 2021/22 season programming with subscribers, donors and the general public in April 2021. Subscribers who prefer to donate their subscription dollars, create an on-account credit, or seek a refund can contact our Ticket Office directly at tickets@sandiegosymphony.org.

While Jacobs Masterworks concerts planned for January through May 2021 have yet to be canceled, we simply don’t know how those concerts will take shape at this time. If the San Diego Symphony is permitted to stage live events in early 2021, we promise that subscribers and donors will be the first to know and will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. Due to social distancing requirements, seating configurations will likely change, and some guest artists may not be able to travel to be with us due to travel restrictions. In addition, some repertoire may need to be altered because we also want to keep our musicians safely distanced from each other. As a result, symphonic works requiring full orchestra may have to wait.

Despite our inability to host live performances at this time, our music making continues. We’ve been so fortunate to have Music Director Rafael Payare and his wife cellist Alisa Weilerstein here in San Diego since mid-March. During the past months, Rafael and CEO Martha Gilmer have worked with our symphony musicians to continue to strengthen the bond Rafael has with the orchestra through virtual meetings and virtual programming. While our venues – Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, and The ShellSM – remain closed, we continue to connect with our audiences and each other through a variety of digital programs and the sharing of socially distanced performances by our musicians on social media. We hope you continue to connect with your San Diego Symphony virtually on our dedicated Symphony Stream webpage and the Symphony’s dedicated YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

In addition to continuing a wealth of digital offerings, we have begun plans to safely gather ensembles of musicians together to perform. As conditions allow we are making plans as to how we may accommodate small audiences, socially distanced to those concerts as well as offering live stream and on-demand performances. We look forward to announcing more about this programming and how everyone can enjoy it in early September.


Here is a list of the Season 2020/21 concerts we have now officially canceled:

JACOBS MASTERWORKS
(Oct/Nov/Dec Concerts Canceled)

FRI OCT 9, 8PM | SAT OCT 10, 8PM | SUN OCT 11, 2PM
SEASON OPENER: BEETHOVEN & MAHLER

FRI OCT 16, 8PM | SUN OCT 18, 2PM
BEETHOVEN’S EMPEROR CONCERTO

FRI NOV 6, 8PM | SAT NOV 7, 8PM
PAYARE, BEETHOVEN, SHOSTAKOVICH

FRI NOV 13, 8PM | SAT NOV 14, 8PM | SUN NOV 15, 2PM
BEETHOVEN & PROKOFIEV

SAT DEC 5, 8PM | SUN DEC 6, 2PM
DE WAART CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN & ELGAR

FOX THEATRE FILM SERIES
(All Concerts Canceled)

FRI OCT 30, 7:30PM
NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR

FRI NOV 20, 7:30PM
CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT

FRI DEC 18, 7:30PM
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT

SAT MAY 1, 7:30PM
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON IN CONCERT

BROADWAY @ THE JACOBS SERIES
(All Concerts Canceled)

FRI OCT 23, 8PM
MEGAN HILTY

SAT JAN 9, 8PM
PATTI LUPONE: DON’T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY

SAT FEB 20, 8PM
FRANK & ELLA

JAZZ @ THE JACOBS SERIES
(All Concerts Canceled)

SAT OCT 17, 8PM
DUETS – DIANNE REEVES, CHUCHO VALDÉS & JOE LOVANO

SAT NOV 28, 8PM
THE JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO

SAT FEB 6, 8PM
JAZZ TRUMPET MASTERS

SAT MAR 27, 8PM
DIZ ‘N BIRD – THE QUINTET: JAZZ AT MASSEY HALL

FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
(All Concerts Canceled)

SUN OCT 25, 2PM
PLAY ME A STORY: THE FIREBIRD

SUN DEC 13, 2PM
NOEL NOEL FAMILY CONCERT

SUN FEB 14, 2PM
ORCHESTRA AS ECOSYSTEM

SUN APR 25, 2PM
SYMPHONY IN SPACE

SPECIAL CONCERTS
(All Concerts Canceled)

SAT NOV 21, 8PM
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

SUN NOV 22, 7:30PM
NOEL NOEL FAMILY CONCERT

SAT DEC 12, 7:30PM | SUN DEC 13, 7:30PM
SAT DEC 19, 7:30PM
SUN DEC 20, 2PM | SUN DEC 20, 7:30PM

NOEL NOEL

FRI FEB 19, 8PM
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION