The San Diego Symphony's popular Bayside Summer Nights packs the summer full of amazing screenings of the most classic films, some of the most beloved names in rock and a world premiere.
The San Diego Symphony’s long-running summer concert series located on the Embarcadero Marina Park South provides audiences with a quintessential San Diego experience of live music paired with one of the most beautiful settings in America.
All Bayside Summer Nights concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless noted); gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks happen at the conclusion of most Friday and Saturday night concerts.
Beginning Single Ticket prices range from $17-$108 (all prices subject to change). Pre-paid parking is $30, and subscribers will reserve first with their orders.
*San Diego Symphony does not appear on these programs.
GALAXY QUEST™ IN CONCERT AT COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL AT JACOBS MUSIC CENTER FRI JULY 19
This cult-classic sci-fi spoof arrives in San Diego for its concert world premiere just in time for Comic-Con week! Stars of a 1970s sci-fi show are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft and join the aliens in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system. Academy Award® nominated composer David Newman conducts the San Diego Symphony performing the score he wrote. Galaxy Quest In Concert is sure to delight and boldly go where few parodies have gone before!
BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CONCERT AT COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL AT JACOBS MUSIC CENTER SAT JULY 20
When teenager Marty McFly is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown, he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future - and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs, and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time.
*JAZZ: CONGAS AND BONGOS: CELEBRATING “MONGO” SANTAMARÍA AND JACK “MR. BONGO” COSTANZO THU JUL 25
Enjoy a fiery musical salute to Latin percussion pioneers Mongo Santamaría and Jack Costanzo featuring the many flavors of Latin Jazz/Afro-Cuban music. Santamaría placed the congas in the forefront of percussion instruments. His classic hit “Watermelon Man” is a staple in rock, Latin, soul, and jazz repertoires. We’ll salute the late great Jack Costanzo - known for his work with Elvis Presley, the Nat King Cole Trio, Frank Sinatra, and other legends - with performances by Mongorama and the Jack Costanzo Tribute Band featuring members of Costanzo’s last working group led by Mike Holguin.
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS FRI JULY 26 | SAT JULY 27
Lights, camera, cue the orchestra! The magical music of Oscar-winning movies and songs return to Bayside Summer Nights with a concert featuring all-new film clips accompanied by famous scores led by conductor Ted Sperling.
COMMON WITH THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY SUN JULY 28
Academy Award and 3x Grammy-winning hip hop artist, actor, film producer, and activist, Common joins the San Diego Symphony for a one-night-only showcase performing selections from his new forthcoming album “Let Love Have the Last Word”, along with some of his most memorable hits. Starting with his breakthrough 1992 album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, Common quickly became one of the most influential figures in hip-hop, augmenting his illustrious music career with roles in film and television in the decades that followed. Don’t miss this iconic, multi-talented artist as he takes the Bayside Summer Nights stage for an electrifying evening with the San Diego Symphony and conductor Steven Reineke.
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK™ IN CONCERT THU AUG 1 | FRI AUG 2
Don’t miss one of the most popular science fiction films of all time shown on the big screen with John Williams’ unforgettable score—from the brassy and foreboding Imperial March to the noble Yoda’s Theme—performed by the orchestra and conducted by Lawrence Loh.
*THE B-52s SAT AUG 3
With over 20 million albums sold, The B-52s are one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Private Idaho“ to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Roam” and “Deadbeat Club” The B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes will start a Bayside party this summer.
BEETHOVEN BY THE BAY SUN AUG 4
Revel in the glorious sounds of Beethoven while the sun sets on San Diego Bay and music swells against the beauty of the night sky. The San Diego Symphony, conducted by Yaniv Dinur, pays its annual tribute to Beethoven in a concert of his Symphony No. 7, Leonore Overture No. 3, and a performance of his Piano Concerto No. 1 by rising star pianist Dominic Cheli, first prize recipient of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild and Music Academy of the West Concerto competitions.
*JAZZ: A TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON THU AUG 8
Nancy Wilson, one of the leading songstresses of our era whose jazz, pop, R&B, and soul crossing hits and powerful stage presence catapulted her to fame. We’ll celebrate her with a night of her greatest music featuring songs like “Save Your Love For Me,” “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” and “Guess Who I Saw Today?”
CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE PRESENTS THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
FRI AUG 9 | SAT AUG 10
Sgt. Pepper is 50 years old! Experience the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper album with a ‘note for note – cut for cut’ performance by the San Diego Symphony featuring hits like “When I’m Sixty Four”, “A Day in the Life” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.” From the sitars and orchestra to the guitars and kazoos, this performance brings The Lonely Hearts Club Band back to life. Conducted by Stuart Chafetz.
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: THE BROADWAY HITS OF RODGERS, HAMMERSTEIN & HART
FRI AUG 16 | SAT AUG 17
Bayside comes alive with the sound of Broadway’s most famous music including “My Favorite Things, “ “Where or When,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” and more. Featuring two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Bonnie, and Clyde) and Jason Danieley (Candide, The Full Monty, Pretty Woman) who the New York Times hailed as “the most exquisite tenor on Broadway.” Conducted by Rob Fisher.
*BLUES TRAVELER SUN AUG 18
Front man and harmonica player Jon Popper and the band return to their bluesy roots with new jams of old favorites and tunes from their latest album, Hurry Up & Hang Around.
*JAZZ: ULTIMATE MILES DAVIS THU AUG 22
Following the sold-out success of Kind of Blue In Concert last Spring at Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center, we’ll showcase Miles Ahead +19, Miles Davis' first collaboration with arranger Gil Evans released in 1957 by Columbia Records. Miles Ahead is one of the most famous recordings of Third Stream, a fusion of jazz, European classical, and world music. Take pleasure in a track by track performance of this masterpiece with the nineteen-piece KSDS Jazz Orchestra.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN IN CONCERT FRI AUG 23
What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again!” It’s been called the greatest musical ever filmed — now, dance your way to Bayside Summer Nights and experience the charm of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor on the big screen with the score played live by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman.
*CHAKA KHAN SAT AUG 24
“Chaka Chaka Chaka Chaka Khan.” The Queen of Funk first came to prominence in the 1970s as the lead singer of Rufus before launching a massive solo career in the ‘80s. The soulful power of her voice on massive hits like I Feel for You and I’m Every Woman has won her 10 Grammys, sold 70 million records, and influenced generations of musicians.
*THE O’JAYS PLUS THE COMMODORES SUN AUG 25
Spend an evening Bayside enjoying classic R&B and soul hits of the ’70s and early ‘80s with The O’Jays plus the Commodores. Hear top 10 singles from The O’Jay’s including “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money” and sing along to “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Brick House” from the Commodores.
1812 TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR FRI AUG 30 | SAT AUG 31 | SUN SEP 1
The summer season comes to a dazzling end with our crowd-pleasing annual Tchaikovsky concert led by conductor Christopher Dragon. Delight in the grand finale: the 1812 Overture complete with booming cannons and a sparkling fireworks display over San Diego Bay.
To purchase, visit http://www.sandiegosymphony.org or call the ticket office at 619.235.0804. Guests may also visit the San Diego Symphony Jacobs Music Center Copley Symphony Hall Ticket Office in person at 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101. An Embarcadero box office will be open beginning at noon of every concert day.
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