Spreckels Organ Society

Online Concert: Sunday Sept 20

Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, organist Raul Prieto Ramirez premieres a one-hour video concert on the Spreckels Organ from the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to go to the YouTube webcast which airs first at 2 p.m. Sunday and will then be available for re-viewing until about Wednesday. The musical program:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in G BWV 571/1

Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
-arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Vincent Lübeck(1654-1740)
Prelude in D minor

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Arabesque I
Arabesque II
-transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Danse Macabre Op.40
-arranged for organ by Edwin Lemare


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Next Online Concert: Sunday Sept. 13

At 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Raul’s new concert on the Spreckels Organ will premiere online. CLICK HERE TO LINK to the concert. Schedule an hour in the next few days to enjoy excellent music from the heart of San Diego!

Musical Program:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sinfonia from Cantata N.29 (arr. Dupré)

Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody -arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Sonatan de Clarines

Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)

Orgía (arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

César Franck (1822-1890)

Pièce Héroïque

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A new portal…

www.BalboaParkConcerts.org

Concert Online September 6 at 2 p.m.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK to the concert on Sunday September 6 at 2 p.m., when you can watch the video of Raul´s concert on the Spreckels Organ. You may click the image below to get there, too.

Music Program for Sept. 6:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565

John Lennon (1940-1980)
Imagine
-arranged for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Annon. 18th century
Batalla Famosa

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Ave María from Arcadelt S.183/2

César Franck (1822-1890)
Pièce Héroïque


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Jared Jacobsen 1947-2019

He was our friend and our 5th Civic Organist. Though his tenure on the Spreckels bench was early in his career (1978-85), Jared stayed connected to the Spreckels Organ Society and was serving on the Board of Trustees at the time of his death in a car accident August 27, 2019.

Organist Jared Jacobsen with Spreckels Organ Co-Curator Dale Sorensen, 2014

Earlier this summer, the Chautauqua Institution, Jared’s eastern home, held a memorial concert for him, and their website maintains a link to his final recorded performance of Handel’s Largo on August 7 last year.

To honor Jared, the Spreckels Organ Society has named its Education Fund for him. This Dedicated Fund underwrites the visits made by elementary school class groups to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for mini-concerts and a peek backstage.

The support by members and Trustees offered up in honor of Jared have allowed Fund to offer a foundation on which to plan more ¨distance learning¨ options for educational programs, identifying projects that can introduce the organ to students everywhere. (Click here to make a donation.)

Around Thanksgiving of 2019, the Society held a special Memorial Concert for Jared on what turned out to be a fairly warm November 23. Organists Raúl Prieto Ramírez and Robert Plimpton joined with other artists to honor Jared’s life and music. Here’s a link to photos, including pictures of the program that offered tributes to Jared from every quarter.

Click here for a biographical sketch of Jared, accompanied by almost 20 of the musical programs for his recent Sunday afternoon concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion as a substitute for the current Civic Organist, reaching back to Christmas Day of 2016.