gtk symphonyCelebrating 100 years and beyond of Music Excellence

On December 6, 1910 The San Diego Symphony performed its first concert and in the over 101 years since its inception, it has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Recently designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras, the Symphony 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.

The Symphony performs over 100 concerts each year including the Jacobs Masterworks series with music director Jahja Ling, the Winter City Lights series, featuring conductor Marvin Hamlisch, the Family Festival, featuring family-friendly concerts; and the Symphony Exposed, a fascinating series of concerts that examine classical works from entertaining and thought-provoking angles.

Each summer, from July through September, the Symphony presents its outdoor Summer Pops 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. This summer the San Diego Symphony kicks off their Summer Pops Season on June 23, at one of the biggest fundraising events of the year, the fifth annual Beatles themed, Tux ‘n Tennies Summer Bash. This year’s co-chairs Andrew & Catherine Clark, and Paul & Susan Hering are ensuring that this will be the biggest and most festive British Invasion ever.

Proceeds from this event benefit the San Diego Symphony’s music education programs that include chamber orchestra concerts to introduce our youngest listeners to classical music. Lectures, pre-concert discussions and multi-media presentations also help people discover and enjoy the power and beauty of symphony music.

For more information or to buy tickets contact Special Events at (619) 236-5410 or visit