This is the long awaited, triumphant opening night concert of The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park that you can't afford to miss! The starry evening combines a world premiere San Diego Symphony commission from celebrated American composer Mason Bates, delicious classical excerpts, world-class guest artists (like pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and rising young bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green), heart-pounding song selections and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, all led by Music Director Rafael Payare in his public concert debut at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.

Artists and Repertoire

Rafael Payare, conductor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
San Diego Symphony Orchestra

Vivian Scott Chew, host
Directed by Gary Griffin
Peter Hanson, production stage manager
Tug Watson, assistant director

MASON BATES: Soundcheck in C Major (San Diego Symphony commission, World Premiere)
ROMERO: Fuga con pajarillo
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
GOUNOD: "Le veau d'or est toujours debout" from Faust
MOZART: "Non piu andrai" from The Marriage of Figaro
ROSSINI: "La calunnia è un venticello" from The Barber of Seville
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN: "This Nearly Was Mine" from South Pacific
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
STRAVINSKY: Suite from The Firebird

GALA Information

This performance can also be purchased as part of the Inaugural Gala, which will support the artistic and engagement programs of the Symphony as it launches a new era at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. The Gala will include this opening concert conducted by Rafael Payare and the San Diego Symphony, with immersive sound and a light spectacular, and a cocktail reception at 5 pm, followed by a dinner curated by celebrity chef Richard Blais. Inaugural Gala and Concert tickets begin at $2,500 per person and include a donation to the San Diego Symphony.

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  • Opening Weekend Celebration

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Time 7:30 p.m.
Venue The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
Ticket Price Part of the Opening Weekend Package

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The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park


There are a variety of food and beverage choices available on-site, including wine and beer. And this season, feel free to explore some of your favorite San Diego restaurant offerings in our brand new Finest City Eats food plaza! In the Champagne seating section, table service is only available for patrons who pre-order by 4pm the day before the concert. (See all of your options, including our new, deliciously curated "Blais by the Bay" pre-order service, on our Dining Page!) Food and beverages may be brought in to the venue, however, no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed to be brought in.