The ‘Concert for San Diego’ will feature works by Beethoven, Berlioz, De Falla, Tchaikovsky and more; attendance is limited to 3,000 people
The San Diego Symphony hopes to hit a home run with its first-ever performance at Petco Park’s Park at the Park.
To be held Nov. 9 at 3 p.m., the free “Concert for San Diego” is designed to celebrate the orchestra and its new music director, Rafael Payare, who made his official debut in that position on Saturday at downtown’s Copley Symphony Hall. The outdoor concert is being jointly presented by the symphony and the San Diego Padres, who have played all their home games at Petco Park since it opened in 2004. (Ticket information appears below.)
“We’re excited to have people come and experience Rafael directly and believe our new music director needs to be introduced to the whole city,” San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer said Tuesday. “Our relationship with the Padres is a strong one and we have a similar desire to connect with the community and be at the core of the community.”
Payare, a native of Venezuela, was not available for comment Tuesday. But in a statement issued by the symphony, he said: “The orchestra and I can’t wait to share this music with everyone. Music can draw us together and build new connections — and I welcome my fellow San Diegans to experience the power of music, while taking in the sights and sounds of the city.”
The Park at the Park abuts the outfield of Petco Park and has been used for rock and electronic music concerts. This year marked the debut of the Park at the Park’s newly constructed Sycuan Stage, the first permanent outdoor concert facility to be built within the grounds of a Major League Baseball venue. While the general-admission capacity for most Park at the Park concerts has been around 6,000, the symphony’s “Concert for San Diego” will have a capacity of 3,000. Blankets will be allowed, but not chairs.
“One of the unique characteristics of Petco Park is the Park at the Park, which is open to the public from dawn to dusk whenever the ballpark is not being used for a Padres game or other event. We believe this is a perfect setting for the public to enjoy the world-class music played by our San Diego Symphony,” said Padres President of Business Operations Erik Greupner. He played a key role in the five-year-old KAABOO music festival’s recently announced decision to relocate in 2020 to Petco Park from the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds.
The repertoire for the symphony’s hour-long Nov. 9 concert will include: Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker; the finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No.3: Eroica; Mauel De Falla’s “Farruca (Millers Dance)” from The Three-Cornered Hat; José Palbo Moncayo’s Huapango; and Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2.
“It’s a really vivid program of different classical-music styles,” Gilmer said. “The concert will be a showcase for the orchestra and an opportunity for people to realize how fun it is to hear the orchestra.”
The 82-member San Diego Symphony will be performing at the Park at the Park for the first time, but this is the second time the orchestra and the Padres have teamed up this year, following the symphony’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the field of Petco Park at the start of the World Baseball Classic in 2006.
The 2019 edition of the symphony’s annual Bayside Summer Nights concert series at Embarcadero Marina Park South included a “Play Ball: A Symphonic Celebration of the Padres at 50" concert on June 30. That performance featured selections from “Damn Yankees,” “West Side Story” and other musicals. It also included appearances by former Padres’ team members Randy Jones, Carlos Hernandez and Tony Gwynn Jr., as well as by veteran Padres’ play-by-play announcer Ted Leitner.
The San Diego Symphony and Padres present “Concert for San Diego”
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., downtown
Tickets: Free, but must be reserved online in advance, starting this morning at sandiegosymphony.org/concert-for-san-diego/ (there is a six-ticket per person limit)