San Diego Symphony’s home is the Copley Symphony Hall, a magnificent hall founded as movie theatre in 1929 in the French Rococo style. It became the symphony’s home in 1984 and was surrounded by the Symphony Towers, the second tallest building in all of San Diego County in 1989. This is where the symphony orchestra stages its subscription series which include a Masterworks series, several holiday programs, a Winter Pops series, the Light Bulb Series and a Family Festival series. It also stages a Summer Pops season in the great outdoors, as well as special Thursday Night Lite series. From 2005 onwards, they have been designated the pit orchestra for the renowned San Diego Opera. Each year, many San Diego Symphony Concert tickets are sold for their series.
The San Diego Symphony rose to grander heights after a two million dollar gift from Larry Robinson and rose to prominence under the leadership of artistic director, Jung-Ho Pak, formerly the symphony’s assistant conductor. In 2002, the orchestra was part of a history making event when they received, from Joan and Irwin Jacobs, a one hundred and twenty million dollar donation. This is the largest donation ever made to any symphony orchestra in the world.
The orchestra then raised its concert season to forty one weeks from twenty one weeks. In 2004, Jahja Ling became the orchestra’s musical director with Edward Gill holding the position of executive director. In 2006, Marvin Hamlisch became the principal pops conductor until he passed away in 2012. Today, many often pre-order cheap San Diego Symphony tickets well before their concerts are staged.
A book on the orchestra, titled San Diego Symphony From Overture to Encore has been published by the orchestra’s archivist, Melvin G. Goldzband. Describing its rise to prominence, it details how this magnificent symphony rose to become one of the most respected one in the US, and one of the most watched live, judging by the number of San Diego Symphony tickets sold each year.