Spreckels Organ Society

Concert for Sunday Nov. 5

At the weekly 2 p.m. free organ concert on Sunday, Nov. 5, a host of talent joins Organist Alison Luedecke to celebrate Panama’s Independence Day!

Guest musicians: Organist Michele Eggleston, Baritone John Polhamus, Percussionists Arnie Schoenberg, Cynthia Hernandez and Roy de Vries. Plus Dancers of the “Conjunto Folklorico Sonares de mi tierra” led by Vielsy Monteiro.

Special welcome to Panama’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Raquel Victoria Alfaro Estripeaut!

Musical selections:

Meditation on America                                                Noel Goemanne

Toccata in d minor, BWV 565                                     J. S. Bach

(featuring Michele Eggleston)

Fugue in d minor, BWV 565                                       J. S. Bach

Hornpipe Humoresque                                               Noel Rawsthorne

The Emporer’s Fanfare from the 6th Concerto            Antonio Soler

San Diego (1914)                                                       Burt H. Carlson

(featuring John Polhamus, baritone)

Expo: The Official March (1915)                                Fred Stansfield

Panama National Anthem ”Himno Panama”

Julia Pela

La Murga de Panama

Panemeño, Panameña, Vida mia

Star Spangled Banner

Concert for Sunday Oct 29

At 2 p.m. the weekly Sunday concert features former Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen, who plays “MUSIC FOR GHOSTS, GOBLINS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT”

Toccata from Suite Gothique
Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
Overture to the opera The Flying Dutchman
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
– transcribed for organ by Edwin Henry Lemare
Pumpkin Carols, sung by all:
“Great Pumpkin Is Comin’ To Town”
“Deck the Patch”
“I’m Dreaming of the Great Pumpkin”
**The San Diego Dachshund Club Celebrates Halloween!**
The Funeral March of a Marionette
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
-arranged by W. T. Best
Fugue in F Minor: ‘The Munster’
Jack Marshall (20th century)
– arranged by Mark N. Peterson
More Pumpkin Carols:
“I Heard the Bells on Halloween”
“The Halloween Song”
“The Twelve Nights of Halloween”
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
-transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
– transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
America’s National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner


 No Halloween movie is showing this year at the Organ Pavilion,  but there’s other spooky fun to be had:

In Balboa Park, the Haunted Trail is open every day during the week before Halloween (Hours: Sunset to 11 p.m.)

Saturday October 28 the Park celebrates Halloween Family Day sponsored by the Balboa Park Conservancy from 11 a.m .to 4 p.m

Halloween movies:

Saturday, October 28 – 7PM—The Theatre Organ Society of San Diego presents Silent Film screenings sith Russ Peck performing the scores – 3902 Kenwood Dr. Spring Valley CA 91977 – Box office opens 6 p.m. Shorts: Felix the Cat in SWITCHES WITCHES (1927),  Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in DO DETECTIVES THINK? (1927), then the Three Fatties in HEAVY LOVE (1926). Followed by the silent feature THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927). 

Saturday Oct 28 at 4 p.m. in Copley Symphony Hall: Ratatouille in Concert. Watch the Academy Award winning film Ratatouille on the big screen while the beloved score by composer Michael Giacchino is performed live by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Scott Dunn.

Tuesday, October 31 – 7:30 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre (4th & E Streets downtown). Hear Russ Peck on the Wonder Morton Organ for ½ hour, then watch cult classic Night of the Living Dead. Costume Contest too! Call for tickets – 619-570-1100.

Program for Sunday Oct. 22

At 2 p.m. former Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen presents
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, S. 565
George Frederick Handel (1685-1759):
“Hallelujah” from the oratorio The Messiah
– arranged by Jared Jacobsen
Largo from the opera Xerxes
– arranged by Jared Jacobsen
Air from the Suite in D Major
– arranged by Robert Hebble
Fugue in C Major, S. 564
Larghetto and Allegro from Concerto V in F Major
– arranged by Marcel Dupré
The Royal Fireworks Musick
– arranged by E. Power Biggs
The Rejoicing
The Peace
Minuet Finale
Fugue in E-flat, S. 552 (“St. Anne”)
America’s National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner
NOTE: Jared Jacobsen returns to the Organ Pavilion for the Sunday concert on October 29.

Concert program for Sunday Oct. 15

At 2 p.m., the one-hour concert will consist of the following selections:


Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 – Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Transcription: Thomas Mellan

Études d’exécution transcendante, S. 139- Franz Liszt (1811-1886)      No. 5, Feux Follets – Transcription: Thomas Mellan

Phantasie und Fuge über des Thema B-A-C-H – Franz Liszt

(syncretic version by Jean Guillou)

Ballade de l’Impossible – Thomas Mellan

(contemporaryGrande Pièce Symphonique, Op. 17 – César Franck (1822-1890)

The National Anthem