Spreckels Organ Society

Photos – November 11 concert


Bob Lang’s great photos provide happy proof that the organ is playing again after a repair of the blower motor. Above, the Premier Choir of the San Diego Children’s Choir organization singing onstage accompanied by the Spreckels Organ. More great photos at this link:


Program for Sunday Nov. 18

This week Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez welcomes widely-acclaimed soprano Diane Alexander to the Organ Pavilion for a 2 p.m. concert that features the following selections:

-America the Beautiful-

Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925), Scherzo in g minor Op.49 N.2

Joined by Soprano Diane Alexander:

Georges Bizet (1838-1875), Ouvre ton coeur

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), De los álamos vengo, madre & ¿Con qué la lavaré?


Leroy Anderson (1908-1975), The Typewriter

Jean Pieterson Sweelinck (1562-1621), Unter der Linden grüne


Joined by Soprano Diane Alexander:

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Do Not Sing, My Beauty Op.4 N.4

Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893), Ebben? Ne andrò lontana


Movie time! New York, New York


John Philip Sousa (1845-1932), Stars and Stripes Forever

-National Anthem-

Upcoming Organ Concerts

The Spreckels Organ is back in the pink, with lots of great music coming your way this season. Now that the Holidays are beginning, there will be a lot of activity at the Pavilion, many performers and much excitement. Here are the ORGAN moments you’ll want to check out:

Sunday, Nov 18 – Sunday Concert – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez with soprano Diane Alexander
Sunday, Nov 25 -Sunday concert – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec 1 – Community Christmas Center Opens – Organ Pavilion – activities from 1 to 8 p.m. including a Spreckels Organ concert by Robert Plimpton from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Details at www.ChristmasOnThePrado.org
Sunday, Dec 2 – Community Celebration Continues – Organ Pavilion – activities/booths up till concert time at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec 7December Nights, Park-wide – Organ concert 4:50 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. by Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Saturday, Dec 8December Nights, Park-wide – Organ concert 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. by Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Sunday, Dec 9 – Sunday Concert by Raúl Prieto Ramírez – 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec 14 – Holiday Organ Concert by Raúl Prieto Ramírez – 6 p.m
Sunday, Dec 16 – Sunday Concert – Christmas Carol Singalong – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 23 – Sunday Concert by Raúl Prieto Ramírez – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 30 – Sunday Concert by Raúl Prieto Ramírez – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day Concert – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m.


Program for Sunday Nov. 11 2018

San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will be joined for a free public concert this Sunday at 2 p.m. by the San Diego Children’s Choir, to perform the following selections:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

San Diego Children’s Choir
Ave Regina – Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
Ave Maria Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude – Bach
America – arr. Mary McDonald

Litanies – Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Semper Fidelis John – Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
In Memoriam
Stars and Stripes Forever

National Anthem

Programming note: at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, enjoy a musical celebration of Latvian independence, in a special free concert by Latvian Organist Liene Andreta Kalnciema

It’s ON for November 11

Thar She Blows!


The repaired blower has been re-installed at the Organ Pavilion and Curator Dale Sorenson is applying the finishing touches to enable organ concerts commencing Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.