Broadway star Idina Menzel headlines Symphony at Salk concert

Idina Menzel was Maureen in the original cast of the rock musical “Rent,” was Elphaba in the mega-hit “Wicked,” and has a recurring role on Fox TV’s musical comedy series “Glee.” Courtesy

Tony Award-winning star Idina Menzel will step into the spotlight as the featured headliner for the 16th annual “

Symphony at Salk — A Concert Under the Star

s” to perform with the San Diego Symphony under the direction of guest conductor Thomas Wilkins on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Salk Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road.

An annual sell-out event, tickets for the fundraiser are $250 with proceeds benefiting the Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ scientific research and its community education programs.

A versatile performer, Menzel has a career as a recording artist, composer, and Broadway actress. She has recorded three albums of her own material, and her songs have been featured on “Desperate Housewives” and in the film “Beowulf.“

According to promoters, she is on a sold-out tour, performing with orchestras around the country, including the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Thomas Wilkins, one of the country’s most distinguished conductors, returns to lead the San Diego Symphony for the seventh year. Founded in 1910, the San Diego Symphony has distinguished itself through over a century of acclaimed performances.

The event will begin with a Champagne reception at 5:30 p.m., in the Institute’s Theodore Gildred Courtyard, which offers sunset views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn, the Salk Institute is a designated historical landmark and considered by many critics to be Kahn’s masterpiece.

A dinner prepared by chef Jeffery Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert, which begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (858) 453-4100, ext. 1491 or e-mailing

for more information.