Spreckels Organ Society

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 – Special Organ Concert by Raúl Prieto Ramírez – 6 p.m – honoring members of the Spreckels Organ Society by playing their favorite-voted selections from this year’s concerts. Free event; all are welcome.
Sunday, Dec 16 – Sunday Concert – Christmas Carol Singalong – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 23 – Sunday Concert – 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 30 – Sunday Concert  – 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.

Millennium Award to Spreckels

The Spreckels Organ Society was honored by the Friends of Balboa Park on October 19 with the annual Millennium Award, shared in 2018 with the San Diego Youth Symphony. The Friends saluted “Music in the Park” this year. From left, San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Society Executive Director Ross Porter, and award presenter Todd Gloria, State Assembly Representative. Expect to see the award, a glass obelisk, displayed on the organ console at our upcoming concerts!