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Central Library Concert Series

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2024 Winter/Spring Concert Series! This next set of programs will highlight a special component of the Series since its earliest days—our Steinway B!  In recognition of our piano's 100th anniversary, this Series will feature some of San Diego's favorite pianists and ensembles, and will explore this instrument’s versatile sound in genres from Classical to Boogie-Woogie! 

Now in its 68th season, this signature program of the San Diego Central Library continues to provide free concerts for the downtown community and will feature ensembles from throughout Southern California.  

In addition to our Sunday concerts, the Library continues its collaboration with the highly acclaimed Hausmann Quartet to present a new program: The CINEMA + SOUND SERIES! Join us for the next concert on Monday,  April 15 at 6:00 p.m.  

Central Library Concert Series programs are FREE and open to the public with first come, first served seating.

You will find additional information about these concerts on our Events Calendar.

Upcoming Concerts:

Sounds & Swells: A CINEMA + SOUND SERIES event!

Giant blue curling wave

“Sounds and Swells” Presented by the Art of Elan and the Hausmann Quartet

Monday, April 15, 2024  |  6:00 p.m.

 As part of this season’s San Diego Central Library Cinema & Sound Series, this collaboration between the Hausmann Quartet and Art of Elan features live music by Claude Debussy, Terry Riley, Franz Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Franz Schubert, accompanying local surfing footage from McCracken Films and Joey Taylor Photography.

Join us as we celebrate the lead-up to Earth Day with beautiful music and images of our world's oceans!

This concert is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged on our calendar.

Irving Flores with piano

The Irving Flores Jazz Trio

Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 2:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium
Irving Flores, piano  |  Mackenzie Leighton, upright bass  |  Fernando Gomez, drums

Join el maestro Irving Flores as he takes you on a journey from his roots in Veracruz to his recent years south of the border and most recently in San Diego.  Maestro Flores will dazzle the audience with traditional Mexican music with a Jazz twist.  You will also enjoy the excitement of his original compositions that are inspired by his world travels, colorful life experiences,  and most of all- love. 

FAIVA musicians: Grant Muāgututi’a, Vaea A’etonu and Tinifuloa Grey


Sunday, May 19, 2024 | 2:30 pm | Neil Morgan Auditorium

Grant Muāgututi’a  |  Vaea A’etonu  |  Tinifuloa Grey

2023-2024 Concert Series Finale!

“Faiva O Sāmoa: An Afternoon with FAIVA”
Don’t miss an exciting afternoon of traditional Sāmoan music played with acoustic guitars, selo (upright bass) and ukulele, along with traditional Sāmoan percussion instruments that draw influence from the melodic storytelling traditions from throughout Polynesia. Fresh off the release of their debut album, “Faiva O Sāmoa,” lifelong musicians Grant Muāgututi’a, Vaea A’etonu and Tinifuloa Grey will provide a program of blissful harmonies and authentic music. Be ready to be immersed in the language, culture and musical arts of Sāmoa.


Please browse our Encore Concert Series YouTube page for recordings of previous concert performances. 


The Central Library Concert Series has been a San Diego Public Library signature program since the 1950s and features local, national, and international chamber musicians.

The Concert Series is made possible by the Friends of the Central Library, the San Diego Public Library matching fund program, the San Diego Library Foundation, and public and private donations. All programs are FREE and open to the public. Most Concert Series programs are approximately one hour long with no intermission and are held at the Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., downtown in East Village, San Diego. For more information, call the Central Library's Art, Music and Recreation Section at 619-236-5800.

Artists and programs are subject to change.

Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. The Auditorium is across the courtyard from the library entrance.

When: Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Programs usually last one hour with no intermission.

Cost: Programs are free and open to the public.

Parking: Two hours of free parking with validation are available at the library, and additional parking is available at public spaces within walking distance of the library. The Central Library is two blocks from the Park & Market trolley stop.