New Waterfront Venue’s 2020 Shows Postponed To 2021
So much for classical music filling the air, the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson and the dozens of other acts that were to be taking place this summer at the new Shell amphitheater.
The newly-built some of the San Diego Symphony on the Embarcadero is San Diego Bay will instead just be a shell of its promise, as the symphony has canceled the schedule due to COVID-19.
Several concerts involving the symphony as well as long-time popular bands and musicians were scheduled, starting in June. The symphony has reached out to those scheduled to perform in 2020 to see if they can play in 2021.
Construction on the venue has continued while the city has been on shutdown mode due to the coronavirus crisis.
“Not being able to fulfill the dreams of so many people and celebrate the inaugural season at The Shell as planned this summer is devastating,” said Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony’s CEO.
“As the construction of The Shell continues, its visible progress on our skyline provides us with a symbol of forward momentum and hope,” she said. “When the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs the first concerts at The Shell, I know that the music will mean more to all of us than ever before. We cannot wait for that happy occasion.”
Rafael Payare, the symphony’s music director, said, “even though it makes me sad that we have to postpone the opening of The Shell, I’m really looking forward to when the time is right and we can be together again.
“The Shell, with its amazing location in the beautiful city of San Diego and its magical surroundings, is going to be such a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to make music there.”