Saturday evening April 23: Taking the Title Concert


The Celebration Concert for the World’s Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ, presented by:

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At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, the Spreckels Organ will dedicate the latest and final ranks of pipes that complete the DRIVE TO 5000 capital campaign. San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams will lead off with solo work designed to showcase the new ranks, then she’ll accompany soprano Diane Alexander.

San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton will also play, followed by noted theatre organist Russ Peck who will accompany a brief silent movie, to be projected on screens at either side of the Pavilion stage.

Those screens will also be used to showcase the up-close hand and foot movements of the organists at keyboard and pedalboard. At one point, the screens will display live video from the California Tower as San Diego’s Carilloneur-in-chief, Gina Seashore, plays a musical salute to the great Spreckels Organ on the Ona May Lowe Carillon.

Special appearances by percussionist Jason Ginter and actor Miles Andersion will round out the concert program, which is set to begin with a dedication of the pipes to the people of San Diego and the world and a formal procession into the Pavilion by the House of Scotland pipe band and representative contingents of sister organizations.

Of course, this concert is free to the public, so Society members should make plans to come early and save seats. The concert is being produced under the direction of Carol Williams, leading volunteers of the Spreckels Organ Society.

In preparation, Curator Dale Sorenson and Curator Emeritus Lyle Blackinton are working steadily to assemble and install the latest four ranks of pipes.

These ranks are the Geigen Celeste, Violina Celeste, Crommorne, and Vox Humana. They join the Centennial Tuba, Gamba, Gamba Celeste, a multi-part “Toy Counter,” Glockenspiel, Xylophone, and additional Percussion instruments to make up all the additions funded by the Drive to 5000 pipes.

Thanks to the contributions of members like you, the Drive to 5000 raised more than $240,000 between December 2012 and June of 2015.

Thanks for promotional support to:

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