Spreckels Organ Society

Online Concert: Sunday May 16 at 2 pm

Join Raul in Live Chat at this Sunday’s video premiere – 2 p.m. Pacific Time on May 16. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK which will take you to the YouTube rendezvous. After the one-hour premiere, the video concert will be available for viewing on-demand.

Musical Program:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sinfonia, from Cantata N.29 BWV 29
-transcribed by Marcel Dupré

Edward MacDowell (1860-1908)
To a Wild Rose (10 woodland sketches)

Discovering the Spreckels Organ with Dale Sorenson

Remo Giazotto (1910-1998)
Adagio in G minor for strings and organ
from ALBINONI’S own two thematic ideas and a figured bassN.1 CHOICE OF LAST WEEK’S AUDIENCE

Joan Cabanilles (1644-1712)
Tiento Primer Tono, en terzio a modo de Italia

John Kander & Fred Ebb
New York, New York
-arranged for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Raúl answers questions from the audience

Léon Boellmann (1862-1897)
Suite Gothique oP.25
II-Menuet gothique
III-Prière à Nôtre-Dame

Star Spangled Banner

Next concert: Online Sunday May 9

Sunday online concerts continue May 9 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. LOOK HERE FOR THE LINK to see the one-hour video featuring Raul Prieto Ramirez playing the Spreckels Organ.

Special New Feature – ask a Question

Raúl would like to answer your questions about music, his career, or the Spreckels Organ. Post your question in the YouTube concert comments, or at the Society’s Facebook page.

No “Live” Concerts at Pavilion!

Some have showed up expecting a live concert, and wonder what’s up. No Live Outdoor Concerts Till Further Notice .. hoping for a thumbs-up from City and County officials soon, but no word yet as to when the live concerts might begin.

Taking the Title Concert

Five Years Ago – April 23, 2016:

A second major Centennial concert was held to celebrate the completed installation of all the new organ pipes from the Drive to 5,000 Pipes campaign. It was the “Taking the Title” concert, since the successful expansion effort conferred upon the Spreckels Organ the title of “World’s Largest” outdoor organ once more.

Onstage after the concert: the musicians and artists who gave us the Taking the Title concert, April 23, 2016.

Today we use the phrase, “World’s Largest Musical Instrument” to describe the great Spreckels Organ and the position it holds in the musical world. Click HERE for more of the images from the 2016 concert.

Online Concert April 25

Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. PDT marks the premiere of another online video performance on the Spreckels Organ by San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to Sunday’s concert, which will be posted as soon as available.

April 25 Program:
Max Reger – Toccata in d minor Op. 59 N.5
Yann Tiersen – La Valse d’Amelie
Dietrich Buxtehude – Toccata in F BuxWV 157
Johann Sebastian Bach – Pastoral in F Major BWV 590
Camille Saint-Saens – Rhapsodie Op.7 N.3
Cesar Franck – Piece Heroique
Star Spangled Banner

Practical help for organ students

COVID has placed many an obstacle for people during the past year, but what if you’re a student of the organ with no place to go and practice? The Spreckels Organ Society has developed a “loaner” program for students of the organ that has solved the dilemma for one local family.

Click here to read about how the Loaner program has helped.

Online each Sunday

April 18 —

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK and remember that the concert will remain posted for several days so that you can watch it when you have a few moments to spare.