The Shell Logo in white

Originally slated to open this July 2020, the inaugural summer season at The Shell will now take place in 2021

While we are very sad to put off the opening of this gift to San Diego, we have no alternative. We know that delaying the opening is in the very best interest of all of our patrons, musicians, staff, and the health of San Diegans.

Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO headshot

"Not being able to fulfill the dreams of so many people and celebrate the inaugural season at The Shell as planned this summer is devastating. As the construction of The Shell continues, its visible progress on our skyline provides us with a symbol of forward momentum and hope. When the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs the first concerts at The Shell, I know that the music will mean more to all of us than ever before. We cannot wait for that happy occasion."

Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO

Rafael Payare, Music Director headshot

"Even though it makes me sad that we have to postpone the opening of The Shell, I’m really looking forward to when the time is right and we can be together again. The Shell, with its amazing location in the beautiful city of San Diego and its magical surroundings, is going to be such a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to make music there."

Rafael Payare, Music Director

The Shell, San Diego Symphony’s new permanent outdoor venue on the San Diego Bay, has captivated many people’s passion and dedication over its years of planning and during its construction. Hundreds of people have worked on each phase of its development, and for each one of us it has been a privilege to be part of something that is destined to be an iconic addition to San Diego’s bayfront. It is therefore with extreme disappointment that we all must accept the impact of COVID-19, including social distancing measures and governmental orders, and delay the opening of The Shell.

As the construction of The Shell continues, its visible progress on our skyline provides us with a symbol of forward momentum and hope. We will continue to update our patrons, donors, and community as we know more about the new timing and details of our opening.

In the meantime, we are working to extend invitations to many of the artists scheduled for 2020 to now perform Summer of 2021. Our cherished first subscribers to The Shell are encouraged to keep the value of their subscriptions on-account in order to preserve seating preference for 2021. Subscribers may also preserve their seats by donating the value of their tickets to help keep the San Diego Symphony strong throughout the months we cannot hold concerts. Ticket holders have been contacted by e-mail and can also reach out to our ticket office at for additional information and assistance.

All of us at the San Diego Symphony look forward to the day we can welcome you to The Shell and celebrate the enduring power of music, live performance, and the abiding spirit of our community.

different views of the Shell venue

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different views of the Shell venue