San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare and CEO Martha Gilmer. Photo by Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune.

“How many stops will the San Diego Symphony pull out this fall to simultaneously celebrate its 2023/24 Jacobs Masterworks concert series and its Nov. 4 return to Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center after a two-year, $125 million renovation?” writes George Varga in the Feb. 5 San Diego Union Tribune. “ ‘All of them!’ said symphony CEO Martha Gilmer, speaking from her downtown office as a constructions crew audibly worked nearby. ‘This season will honor the past and the history of the hall, but it is also very forward-looking’ … That dual focus resonates strongly with the symphony’s energetic music director, Rafael Payare … He is excited that the Nov. 4 Copley Symphony Hall grand reopening concert he’ll lead will be followed by a week of free performances and activities … The season’s repertoire will feature classic works and the premieres … of new pieces by … Billy Childs, Carlos Simon, Gabriela Ortiz, Mason Bates, Texu Kim, and Ukraine’s Vladimir Tarnopolsky … The Nov. 4 Copley Symphony Hall concert will be the first to take place in the orchestra’s downtown concert hall since … the COVID-19 pandemic … shut down live events … The symphony rebounded with the 2021 summer opening of its $85 million outdoor San Diego concert venue, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.”

Symphony’s “Building Boom” article reports on construction projects at the San Diego Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.