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The San Diego Symphony performed its first concert on December 6, 1910. In the 100-plus years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States, and was designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras in 2010. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of Southern California, valued by and relevant to all its residents. Recently the San Diego Symphony celebrated our 100th anniversary, the first California orchestra to reach this milestone
The Symphony offers wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each year. The San Diego Symphony's indoor performances include the Jacobs Masterworks series with music director Jahja Ling, offering traditional classical repertoire and featuring such guest artists as Horacio Gutierrez, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and Gil Shaham; the City Lights series, featuring principal pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch and popular guest artists such as Jennifer Holliday, Michael Feinstein, Peter Cetera, Bill Conti, Kenny G and Brian Stokes Mitchell ; the Family Festival, featuring family-friendly concerts; and Symphony Expos, a fascinating series of concerts that examine classical works from entertaining and thought-provoking angles.
Each summer, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South, mixing classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego’s picturesque waterfront, all under the baton of Matthew Garbutt, principal Summer Pops conductor. Recent Summer Pops guest artists have included Frankie Valli, Chris Botti, Aaron Neville, LeAnn Rimes, Kool & The Gang, Frank Sinatra Jr., Dionne Warwick, Wynonna and Burt Bacharach.