Spreckels Organ Society

Monday July 24 – Gordon Turk plays at 7:30 p.m.

Organist Gordon Turk, a favorite of audiences here and at the Ocean Grove Auditorium in New Jersey, will play the following selections tonight on the Spreckels Organ in a free concert, part of the 30th annual International Summer Organ Festival:

Grand Choeur en Re majeur, Op. 18 – Alexander Guilmant (1837 – 1911)

Adagio (from Sonata 3) – Guilmant

Festive March in D  –  Henry Thomas Smart (1813-1879)

Scherzo – Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

Adoration – Felix Borowski (1872-1956)

Fantasy and Fugue in g minor, BWV 542  –  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Grande Pièce Symphonique – César Franck (1822-1890)

Ronde d’Amour – Niccolò van Westerhout (1857-1898)

Improvisation – Gordon Turk

Tonight’s concert sponsored by Diane deKirby Vantuno, in memory of her parents
Ivor deKirby (1915-2000) and Edele deKirby (1917-2017), and in celebration of what would have been
Edele’s 100th birthday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday July 25 – celebrate the Park Carousel

the Friends of Balboa Park celebrates National Carousel Day on Tuesday July 25 with a public celebration of Balboa Park’s unique carousel located at Zoo Place near Park Boulevard. Free rides from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. are only part of the fun!

Photos – Isabelle Demers Concert

Here’s a set of photos that Bob Lang and Mike Cox took at the Isabelle Demers concert last Monday night:


Sunday July 23 – Russ Peck salutes Comic-Con

Organist Russ Peck salutes Comic-Con at 2 p.m. on Sunday July 23 with the following musical selections:


“Rosalie” by Cole Porter (Russ’ Theme Song)

Music from “2001: A Space Odyssey”
“Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss
“The Blue Danube Waltz”, by Johann Strauss II

“Star Wars” Suite by Russ Peck, from music by John Williams


Moon Medley (with Ross Porter, baritone)
Fly Me to the Moon
How High the Moon
Moonlight Becomes You
Oh, You Crazy Moon
Moon Over Miami
Moonlight Serenade

Two TV Super Heros
–“Spider-Man” by Harris and Webster
–“Batman” by Neal Hefti

National Anthem

Program for Monday, July 17

The 30th Annual International Summer Organ Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. on Monday July 17 when Isabelle Demers offers the following musical selections:

Selections from Symphony No. 5 op. 92 #1 – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Allegro – Vivace

Aria – Firmin Swinnen (1885-1972)

Harry Potter Symphonic Suite – John Williams (b. 1932) – Transcription by Isabelle Demers

Finale from Symphony No. 5 op. 47 – Louis Vierne (1840-1937)

  • Intermission

March: Orb and Sceptre – William Walton (1902-1983) – Transcription by William McKie

Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529 – J.S. Bach
Allegro – Largo – Allegro

Excerpts from Symphonie Fantastique – Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) – Transcription by Isabelle Demers
March to the Scaffold – Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath

Click on the photo icon at right to see the entire Summer Organ Festival program.

Thanks to the following for their generous sponsorship of Monday’s program:

Dwight Gordon; Judith Trento and Michael Drummy; Bob Kilian and Kathleen Slayton; Ken and Leslie Robb; the San Diego Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.