Expanded Transport Program for Rady Shell Events

By Bill Weber

September 10, 2022

Are you one of the music lovers missing out on some wonderful concerts because you prefer not to drive downtown? If so, the San Diego Symphony has been working on a program to provide you with round-trip transportation to select concerts at their beautiful new venue, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.  So far this year, trips to two concerts, Beethoven by the Bay in July and The Music of John Williams: 90th Birthday Celebration in August, have gotten very positive responses.  Here are some of the reasons:

  • Convenience: riders are dropped off at the main entrance with no worries about parking,
  • Cost: busing charges compare favorably with round-trip Uber fares – and parking fees,
  • Camaraderie: it’s more fun to enjoy the concert experience with family and friends, and
  • Conversation: Symphony team members, who join the ride are there to talk about the Symphony and its programs – and to answer any questions.

There is one more concert coming up in the Symphony’s summer transportation series: Broadway Sings … and Swings.  Here’s your chance to enjoy favorite Broadway classics such as But Not For MeIn the Still of the NightThe Lady is a Tramp and more!  Also, standards like It Don’t Mean A ThingIn a Sentimental Mood, or I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

All these favorites are brought to you by Broadway conductor Rob Fisher and versatile Broadway vocalist Bryonha Marie.

Tickets are $150, including premium seating and round-trip transportation to The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park from the RSF Golf Club.  The bus will leave from the parking lot at 5:30 PM, arriving in time to enjoy a pre-concert dinner provided by The Shell Provisions – an impressive range of local specialties from some of San Diego’s finest eateries ranging from casual to upscale. The bus will return to the parking lot by approximately 10:30 PM.  There are still a few seats left on the bus, so if you don’t want to miss this concert, please email Casey Patterson at cpatterson@sandiegosymphony.org.

Announcing Transportation to More Concerts at The Shell

Based on the popularity of the summer program, the Symphony is announcing a Fall transportation program to four outstanding concerts. They include:

Payare Leads Verdi’s Requiem
Opening Night of Jacobs Masterworks at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

On Saturday, October 1, 2022, Music Director Rafael Payare and the Orchestra open the new season with one of the monumental masterpieces of Western music. Verdi’s Requiem is an equally thrilling experience for both the lifelong music lover and the new listener discovering choral and orchestral music for the first time. Few works are so directly filled with tragedy, grandeur and human pity. What better way to open the season!

Beethoven 5
Jacobs Masterworks at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

Join us on Friday, October 5, 2022 for a night to remember. Our special guest, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, best describes Prokofiev’s expansive, romantic and fiendishly difficult work, the Sinfonia concertante for Cello and Orchestra, by advising: “Buckle up! You’re in for a really wild and a really thrilling ride. There are such moments of raw beauty and simple chaos, which are surrounded by some of the more spiky writing. I think people will be pleasantly surprised.” And, as if that’s not enough, the evening ends with Beethoven’s famously riveting Symphony No. 5.

De Waart Leads Copland, Korngold and Dvorák
Jacobs Masterworks at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

Led by Conductor Edo de Waart, the concert on Saturday, October 15, 2022, opens with one of the best loved of all classical scores by an American composer, Copland’s Appalachian Spring. It was composed for the great dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, who wanted a piece with an American theme that captured the beauty of the country and its people. The remarkable Simone Lamsma takes on Korngold’s Violin Concerto with its sweeping melodies and warm romantic sound. Edo de Waart leads the Orchestra in Dvořák’s melodious bird song-filled Symphony No. 8, which is an homage to his native Czechia.

Dancing Queen: A Tribute to ABBA with Rajaton
with The San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

Get ready; On Wednesday, November 2, 2022, The San Diego Symphony welcomes Finnish pop sensation Rajaton to San Diego for their Rady Shell debut in Dancing Queen: A Tribute to Abba. Known as one of the world’s top six-voice a cappella ensembles, Rajaton brings the music of ABBA to San Diego, performing their top hits with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Rajaton’s infectious energy will have you dancing in your seats, reliving the era of the “Dancing Queen” and disco. You’ll hear all your favorite ABBA hits performed live, including “Mamma Mia,” “Take a Chance on Me” and many more!

Want more information?

Please add your name to our mailing list if you want to be notified when tickets become available for transportation to these concerts. Send your contact information (name, email, and phone) to Casey Patterson at:


You will receive an email announcing each concert as details become final.

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