Spreckels Organ Society

Mechanical repairs impact upcoming concert dates

Our apologies to those who were expecting music on recent Sundays – the failure of the motor on the organ’s main blower has left us without air pressure until repairs can be effected. We hope to have a music concert on Sunday Oct. 21, but cannot say for sure that this will be the case. Because of this uncertainty, the October 22 salute to San Diego Opera concert is postponed until a later date, to be determined. The Sunday concert on October 14 will be a show-and-tell with Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez sharing the spotlight with organ curator Dale Sorenson. Today the blower was removed from the Pavilion and will be at the shop for an estimated seven-day overhaul. Thanks for your support during this “fix-it” period!


Sunday Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of the regular organ concert, Curator Dale Sorenson (pictured below) will present a “show and tell” of the Spreckels Organ, joined by Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton. The organ is temporarily disabled due to failure of the motor that furnishes air pressure. It’s expected that the organ will be working in time to play for the regularly scheduled concert on Sunday, October 14.


Shock and “awww”

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 – A key component of the Spreckels Organ has broken, with the consequence of a temporary suspension of organ concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Concerts scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:00 pm. will be replaced with a “Show and Tell” close-up of the organ console and inside the organ building.

The repairs needed on the 20-horsepower electric motor that powers the air supply of the 103-year old pipe organ are expected to be completed in time for the organ concert scheduled for Sunday October 14. Once repaired, the motor is expected to last for many more years, and all other components of the organ are currently in working order.

Concert Program – Sunday Sept 23

At 2 p.m., enjoy the free hour-long Organ Concert featuring San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton, who will perform the following selections:

America the Beautiful – arr. R. Plimpton
Grand Choeur Dialogué – Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Fountain Reverie – Percy E. Fletcher (1879-1932)
“Little” Fugue in g minor – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho – Fela Sowande (1905-1986)
Impressions from an African Moonlight – Goodwin Sadoh (b. 1965)
(based on Nigerian children’s songs)
 1. Didactic Song: “He who behaves contemptuously to his or her parents will lead a woeful life.”
 2. Song of Wisdom: “Build your house on the rock.”
 5. Moonlight Toccata: “Oh my short child.” “Take care of your manners.”
Two Character pieces
 Donkey Dance – Robert Elmore (1912-1985)
 The Squirrel (Scherzino) – Powell Weaver (1890-1951)
El Flautista alegré – Roman Noble (1925-1999)
Toccata in b minor – Eugène Gigout
The National Anthem

Concert Schedule – Fall 2018

The weekly organ concerts continue every Sunday at 2 p.m. through the close of 2018.

* indicates special non-Sunday concert or event.

Sun Sept 16 – organist Michael Munson
Sun Sept 23 – organist Robert Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus
* Fri Sept 28 – El Prado’s Organ Pavilion Dinner – for details and reservations cal 619-257-9441.
Sun Sept 30 – organist Alison Luedecke
Sun Oct 7 – San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Sun Oct 14 – Global Preview Series: Lyon France Concert Selections – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m.
* Fri Oct 19 – Friends of Balboa Park Annual Luncheon – Balboa Park Club – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Buy tickets: 619.232.2282

Sun Oct 21 – Sunday concert

* Mon Oct 22 – Opera Celebration Concert – Organ Pavilion – 7 p.m. – In partnership with San Diego Opera, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will perform with Opera cast members featuring the music of from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and Rigoletto.

Sun Oct 28 – Sunday concert

Sun Nov 4 – Sunday concert
Sun Nov 11 – Global Preview Series: Australian Concert Tour Selections – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m. Special guest performance: San Diego Children’s Choir. at 3 p.m.: celebration of Latvian Independence!
Sun Nov 18 Sunday Concert – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m. – Raúl with soprano Diane Alexander

Sun Nov 25 – Sunday concert
* Sat Dec 1 – Community Christmas Center Opens – Organ Pavilion – 4 p.m. appx
Sun Dec 2 – Community Celebration Continues – Organ Pavilion – activities/booths up till concert time at 2 p.m.
* Fri/Sat Dec 7-8 – December Nights – Park-wide – organ plays both nights