Rendering of the planned renovation of the San Diego Symphony’s Copley Symphony Hall.

In Friday’s (7/14) San Diego Union-Tribune, George Varga writes, “The San Diego Symphony is pushing back until next year its return to Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, where the orchestra had been scheduled to open its 2023/2024 Jacobs Masterworks concert series on Nov. 4. The reasons for the delay are being attributed to unexpected construction and redesign challenges that have emerged as the nearly 100-year-old hall undergoes a $125 million renovation. Several of the November concerts scheduled for Copley Symphony Hall as part of the statewide California Festival will now be held at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the orchestra’s outdoor venue … Some subsequent concerts are being pushed back until the orchestra resumes its indoor concerts next year…. Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer told the Union-Tribune … ‘The best-case scenario is we’ll open as soon as we can. My prediction is it will be in early 2024.’… The $125 million price tag of Copley Symphony Hall’s redesign will rise by an undetermined amount because of the extended reconstruction work. The orchestra’s members will continue to be paid during the delay.”