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.

Please note: additional seats for this concert may be placed on sale in the coming hours. Please feel free to check back frequently for current availability!

This concert features a fireworks display at the conclusion!

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
Wendall K. Harrington, projection designer
Joey Moro, associate projection designer
Nick Hussong, programmer
Jason Rothberg, lighting designer
Amanda Zieve, lighting designer
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" from Suite para cuerdas
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
GOUNOD: "Le veau d'or" (Song of the Golden Calf) 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: The Firebird Suite (1919 Version)

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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Time 7:30 p.m.
Venue The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
Ticket Price $45 - $250, could increase


The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park


The Rady Shell expanded culinary program — The Shell Provisions — offers an impressive range of local specialties from some of San Diego's finest eateries and locally sourced options ranging from casual to upscale. New state-of-the-art kitchens and dining spaces will make dining with your friends and family at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park a memorable experience.

The Shell Provisions is brought to life by our local partners. These partners include some of San Diego's most talked-about favorites, like Chef Richard Blais, Urban Kitchen, Biga, Lola 55, Achilles Coffee, Marketplace Grille, Kitchens for Good and others.

(See all of your options, including our new, deliciously curated "Blais by the Bay" pre-order service, on our Dining Page!)

Please note: Food and beverages may not be brought in to The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. In an effort to reduce waste, guests are welcome to bring one empty reusable plastic or aluminum water bottle only. Bottles can be filled at water refill stations inside the venue. Glass bottles are not permitted.