San Diego Symphony Unveils Major Renovation Plan for Copley Symphony Hall

By Logan Martell

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

Among the improvements will be new box seats in alcoves on both sides of the hall, use of the Juliet balconies for seating for the first time, reconfiguration of the stage and orchestra enclosure to improve the acoustics, and a new choral terrace. There will also be a state-of-the-art air filtration system, more storage space, and new, reconfigured seating.

The project is estimated to cost $125 million, with its funding coming primarily from donors. The end result will be to convert a movie theater over 90-years-old into a symphony hall for the 21st century.

“What you’re seeing is just this tender, loving, adoring care of this incredible venue, while still bringing her into the 21st century,” said Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer in an official press statement. “It hasn’t been touched or damaged or tinkered 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. “This is what we’re actually pushing and just going forward and forward and trying to go higher and higher.”