SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES MAJOR RENOVATION PROJECT FOR JACOBS MUSIC CENTER
The San Diego Symphony is thrilled to announce a major project to restore and renovate its historic home, the Jacobs Music Center, as a long-term commitment to the vitality of downtown San Diego and an investment in the artistic ambitions of the orchestra. The project will honor the history of the Jacobs Music Center’s historic building, which opened in 1929 as a legendary Fox Theatre, while greatly enhancing the musical and performance experience for artists and audiences alike.
The revitalization of Jacobs Music Center, designed by architect HGA in collaboration with acoustician Akustiks, and theater planners Schuler Shook, will include the transformation of Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, including the reconfiguration of the stage; the addition of a choral terrace behind the orchestra, which will allow for performances of large orchestral programs featuring chorus or as a new audience seating option; new finishes and seating; state-of-the-art lighting, sound and video equipment; and superior acoustics for both performers and audiences. The project will also include the modernization and expansion of support spaces for musicians and the enhancement of audience amenities throughout Jacobs Music Center.
Latest Update! (7/8/22) The San Diego Symphony is excited to share a renovation update of Jacobs Music Center! In July we saw several large concrete pours in the basement. These integral foundations will support the new structure that will form the stage, musicians lounge, dressing rooms, practice rooms, choral terrace, music library, and offices. Steel for these new spaces will begin arriving on site in August, which will mark a very exciting phase of this project. Additionally, historic preservationists will soon begin restoration and retrofitting of our beautiful chandeliers. And fabric has been ordered for the new audience seating.
We look forward to sharing with you more exciting renovation highlights next month!
(6/15/22): Demolition and construction work is well underway. The basement under the hall has been successfully excavated and a concrete foundation has been poured to support the new stage structure.
Additionally, extensive underground plumbing is now in place for the enlarged musician’s changing rooms and lounge. Later in July we can expect to see an additional concrete slab poured in the basement, with steel arriving in August. Large transfer beams are now in place over the proscenium and upstage wall which will allow for the removal of two columns upstage and the addition of our brand-new choral terrace. These same beams will also allow the valance in the proscenium arch to be removed, opening the stage to the full height of the proscenium for the first time in our stage’s history. In the “house”, we have now removed our old seats and are preparing for the installation of new seating that will offer a more comfortable audience experience and improved sightlines. Lastly, new air handlers have been installed with state-of-the-art air purifying technology, allowing for the highest air quality and flow throughout Jacobs Music Center.