Celebration for Jared: Free Concert on Saturday Nov 23 at 5 p.m.

A special concert, presented free to the public by Raúl Prieto Ramírez, San Diego Civic Organist, and Robert Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus, together with other artists as noted below. The purpose of this concert is honor the life and music of Jared Jacobsen (1949-2019), San Diego’s Fifth Official Civic Organist from 1978-85. Jared was a musical inspiration to all who knew him! This concert will convene friends and admirers from near and far for a reprise (and augmentation) of his final concert on the Spreckels Organ, which was held on January 1st of this year.

To honor Jared, the Spreckels Organ Society has named its Education Fund for him. All donations received by the Society at Saturday’s concert will be matched dollar-for-dollar by individual gifts from the Spreckels Organ Society’s Trustees, up to the amount of $12,000. Online donations are also accepted.

The concert program follows:



 Welcome – Jean Samuels, President, SpreckelsOrgan Society

The Modal Trumpet – Frederick Karam (1926-1978)

Dawn – Cyril Jenkins (1889-1978)

Caprice Viennois – Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Introduction and Fugue from Sonata Éroïca, opus 94 – Joseph Jongen(1873-1953)

Tribute by Lyle Blackinton, Spreckels OrganCurator 1974-2014

The Ride of the Valkyries from themusic-drama Die Walküre – Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, S. 565 – J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Bolero – Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Tribute by Jeremy Kaercher, First LutheranChurch of San Diego

One more present under the tree:

“Good King Wenceslas” – Richard Elliott(b. 1957)  (with apologies to Peter I. Tchaikovsky)

Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar (b. 1946)

“How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place”from the Brahms Requiem

Choral leader: Christine Micu, The Bishop’sSchool

Choir composed of members of the FirstLutheran, St. James by-the-Sea, La Jolla Presbyterian, and The Bishop’s Schoolchoirs, and singing friends of Jared.

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

Martha Jane Weaver, Soprano

Tribute by Christine Micu, The Bishop’s School

Conclusion: Handel’s Largo

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