Spreckels Organ Society

Happy New Year! Jan. 1 concert

Celebrating the new year with an concert on Friday, January 1 that premieres at 2 p.m. Pacific Tme. CLICK HERE for the link to the concert, which will remain posted for your viewing.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 29 -arr. Marcel Dupré

Johann & Joseph Strauss jr.
Pizzicato Polka -arr. Raul Prieto Ramírez

Fred Stansfield
official March 1915 Exposition

Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Paraphrasis on EXPO for pedals alone

Dimitri Schostakovich (1906-1975)
Lyrical Waltz, from Ballet Suite N.3
-trans. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Johann Strauss jr.(1825-1899)
Trish-Trash Ploka -arr. Raul Prieto Ramírez

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
Caprice Vienois, Op.2 (arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez)
-arranged for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne Op.9 N.2 in Eb Major

Johann Strauss jr.(1825-1899)
Furioso Ploka -arr. Raul Prieto Ramírez

Johann Strauss jr.(1825-1899)
An der schönen blauen Danau
-arr. Raul Prieto Ramírez

Attention, Last-Minute Shoppers!

New biography of John D. Spreckels – the first in decades
Now available for the history buff, music lover, or social critic on your gift list.

Here’s the inside story on a cantankerous dad and his five children, among them industrious John Diedrich, the eldest, and his playboy brother Adolph.

Portrait of John Diedrich Spreckels (1853-1926)

This is the family that made sugar a centerpiece of the Hawaiian economy… operated the main steamship line between Hawaii and the US mainland… exerted major influence on the cultural tone and tenor of both expositions that California held in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama canal… and so much more.

The book is called Empire Builder because when John Spreckels first came to San Diego, he was inspired to get busy.

He invested, he planned, and he dreamed. After the 1906 earthquake and fire devastated his home town of San Francisco, he became a San Diegan for good.

By the time John D. donated the great Spreckels Organ to the citizens of San Diego as a centerpiece of the 1915 exposition here, he was paying a significant percentage of the County’s property taxes. By 1915, he had built San Diego’s extensive trolley line, funded the lower Otay dam, developed land and businesses, and was owner and publisher of the San Diego Union morning newspaper.

After San Diego suffered a huge land bust in the late 1880s, Spreckels cash came to the rescue of many an enterprise and could also pick some juicy plums – among them, the Hotel del Coronado, all of North Island (which was later sold to Uncle Sam) and a string of blocks along the south side of Broadway, from Fifth Avenue to the waterfront. You’ll read about it — and so much more! – in this fascinating, breathtaking new biography of a man who had plenty of power and did things with it.

Here’s a link to the book review. The hefty 440-page biography was written by local author and historian Sandra Bonura and released this fall.

And since you’re in a hurry, here is the Elves’ Direct Link to the publisher at the University of Nebraska.

Onlne Concert set for Sunday, Dec. 27

Raúl Prieto Ramírez will be joined by soprano Tasha Koontz for a seasonal concert that’s sure to warm your weekend on Sunday, December 27 premiering at 2 p.m. Pacific Time and available for re-viewing afterward.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to take you to the YouTube posting of the hour-long concert that features Raúl’s artistry on the great Spreckels Organ in combination with the vocal stylings of classically-trained Tasha Koontz.

Musical Selections:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude in G Major BWV 568

Angels We Have Heard on High
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude on the choral “In dir ist Freude” BWV 615

Silent Night -Franz X. Gruber
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Arabesque I -transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)
The Typewriter (arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

What Child is This
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude on the choral “Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier” BWV 731

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Arabesque II
-transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam, 1847
*With Tasha Koontz as guest singer

Félix Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Finale, from Sonate N.2 in D Major Op.50

The Star Spangled Banner

Links to Christmas Music

Here’s Diane Bish bringing you The Joy of Christmas
Bay Area organist Stephen Brittain with Irving Berlin’s classic, White Christmas
And from Southern California, Mark Herman brings you Holiday Pops.

Jared Jacobsen, dressed for the season


Longtime fans and members, take note!

A Christmas blessing from former San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams – melcotmusic.com – here’s a 2015 video of Jared Jacobsen offering the “Nickel Tour” of the Spreckels Organ!

Online Concert Sunday, Dec. 20

Raul welcomes Marco Labastida, who will sing Spanish-language Christmas carols as part of the hour-long holiday concert. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to the concert on YouTube. It premieres at 2 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, Dec. 20 and will be available for later viewing as well.

Musical program:
Marcel Dupre – Magnificat VI Gloria Finale

Carlo Gustavino – Cancion de Navidad N.2
* with guest singer Marco Labastida

Augustin Lara – Granada

La Virgen Lava Panales * – Spanish Villancico

Kander & Ebb – New York, New York

Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude & Fugue in G Major BWV 541

Los Reyes Magos * – Mexican Villancico

Johann Jacob Froberger – Canzon V FbWV 305

Silent Night * – Franz Gruber

Louis Vierne – Berceuse

Joaquin Turina – Orgia

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