The San Diego Symphony will host four free concerts beginning Wednesday featuring residents of underserved neighborhoods who helped create and will perform in the program.
The concerts – part of the “Your Song, Your Story” initiative funded by the James Irvine Foundation – kick off with a 6 p.m. performance Wednesday at the Jacob Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall.
Additional concerts are set for July 15 at 11:30 a.m. at The Joan B. Kroc Theatre, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South and July 17 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln High School.
The shows include original composition by Oscar and Emmy-winning composer Bill Conti, of “Rocky” fame, and performances by local residents, including dance companies, choirs and musicians.
According to San Diego Symphony’s Artistic Projects Manager Leonor Perez, Ph.D., these free concerts are a culmination of a two-year program that asked San Diego residents to contribute their poems, stories, songs and dance routines to the Your Song, Your Story website to be used in an original multi-media piece commissioned by the Symphony.
More than 320 entries were submitted and, ultimately, 18 were selected to be used in Conti’s original orchestral piece. The Symphony will perform that composition alongside with live and recorded multicultural performers at the four concerts this month.
The Symphony said the concerts will include free food, family-friendly activities and block parties open to all.