San Diego Symphony Orchestra Unveils Major Renovation Plan for Copley Symphony Hall


The San Diego Symphony has announced an extensive renovation plan for its home at Copley Symphony Hall, which has been home to the society since 1984.

Improvements will include new dressing rooms in alcoves on both sides of the hall, the use of Juliette balconies for first-time seating, the reconfiguration of the stage and orchestra enclosure for improve the acoustics and a new choir terrace. There will also be a state-of-the-art air filtration system, more storage space and new reconfigured seats.

The project is estimated at $125 million, with funding coming mainly from donors. The end result will be to convert a 90+ year old movie theater into a symphony hall for the 21st century.

“What you see is just this tender, loving and adoring care of this incredible place, while bringing it into the 21st century,” Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer said in an official press release. “It hasn’t been touched, damaged or tampered with in all these years and so we’re really preserving that.”

“It’s fantastic, I mean I feel very lucky,” added music director Rafael Payare. “That’s what we’re actually pushing and we’re just going forward and forward and trying to go higher and higher.”


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