San Diego has a strong classical music offering that reflects the city’s appreciation, and support for the arts. More modern music is well catered for too.
San Diego Symphony Copley Symphony Hall
750 B St., San Diego 619-235-0804;
The name San Diego Symphony is sweet music to the ears of San Diegans. In an effort to broaden the base of its audience, the symphony has launched new programs including shorter rush-hour concerts and a family series, which provides an interactive and fun introduction to classical music for the entire family.
The symphony season runs from October to May with performances at both Copley Symphony Hall and the California Center for Arts, Escondido.
La Jolla Chamber Music Society
P.O. Box 2168, La Jolla 858-459-3724;
The La Jolla Chamber Music Society arranges San Diego performances by visiting symphony orchestras, chamber music ensembles and soloists. In August, it stages SummerFest in La Jolla, a much-celebrated festival of chamber music. It also has its own chamber orchestra.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Mandeville Auditorium
Gilman Dr. and La Village Dr., La Jolla 858-534-4637;
A community-based, 110-piece orchestra and 130-voice chorus, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus performs at Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus during its October to June season. It has been cited as one of the country’s top community symphonies.
Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay
2241 Shelter Island, Point Loma, 92106 (619) 224-3577
Located on the grounds of the Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island, the 1,295 seat outdoor theater is ideally situated on San Diego Bay, presenting a wide variety of major attractions since 1982.
Generally running from mid-May through October, Humphrey’s Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.
Here are just some of the recent guests:
The Black Crowes, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Boz Scaggs, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Gipsy Kings. Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, Joan Baez, Chicago, Bill Maher, Three Dog Night, Doobie Brothers, Sheryl Crow, The Beach Boys, Air Supply, America – quite the lineup!
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
(Previously Coors Amphitheater)
Located near the Mexican border in Chula Vista, this recently completed venue hosts major stars in an open air setting.
Recent shows include:
Tim McGraw, Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Elton John, Toby Keith, Limp Bizkit with Ice Cube, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Green Day. Jonas Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ZZ Top, Jack Johnson.