Spreckels Organ Society

Concert program: Sunday Sept. 1

This Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m., enjoy a free hour-long Organ Concert by San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez featuring the following musical selections:

America the Beautiful
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Fun time!
Zez Confrey (1895-1971)
Dizzy fingers (arr. Raul Prieto Ramirez)
Dietrich Buxtehude (1617-1707)
 Toccata in F BuxWV 157
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Berçeuse (from “24 pièces en style libre” Op.31)
Movie time!
 Yann Tiernsen (1970-)
La Valse d’Amélie (from 6 pieces for piano)
Leon Boëllman (1862-1897)
    Suite Ghotique
        II-Menuet gothique
       III-Prière à Notre-Dame
National Anthem

Concert photos: August 26 organ & strings

Spreckels photographer Robert Lang captured the brilliance of the August 26 concert that featured Raúl together with four superb classical musicians.
See the photo set at this link:

Jared Jacobsen: 1949-2019

The Spreckels Organ Society Trustees expressed shock and sadness on hearing of the death of former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen. He was a dear friend to many, and a champion of the Spreckels Organ, having served as San Diego Civic Organist from 1978 to 1985. At the time of his death August 27, he was serving on the Society’s Board of Trustees.

Information about a concert in his honor will be forthcoming.

Jared’s most recent program on the Spreckels Organ was January 1, 2019 — his 370th concert on the Spreckels Organ.

Jared was the fifth San Diego Civic Organist, playing weekly concerts from 1978 through 1985. He also was Director of Music for First Lutheran Church in downtown San Diego and was a member of the performing arts faculty of the Bishop’s School in La Jolla.

From June through August each summer he would return to the historic Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where he presided over the 112-year-old Massey Memorial Organ of four manuals and ninety-four ranks. It was at Chautauqua where Jared began his musical journey in 1954, at the age of five.

Click here for a link to the Chataqua Institution tributes to Jared.

Photos from August 19 concert

Award-winning photographer Bob Lang has posted another awesome set of photos, this one featuring Gunnar Idenstam’s concert of August 19. Click on the link to see them all:



Monday August 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The San Diego International Organ Festival presents Raúl Prieto Ramírez on the organ, joined by a symphonic string quartet for a unique evening of classical selections:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

              Prelude and Fugue in G minor, organ solo


              Scherzo in C minor from F.A.E. Sonata for violin and piano

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

F.A.E: “Frei aber einsam” (“free but lonely”)


Manuel Aguilar

Tango Trío Op.71

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Rondo alla Zingarese, from quartet N.1 Op.25

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)


César Franck (1822-1890)

Quintet in F minor

I-Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro

II-Lento con molto sentimento

III-Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

Monday’s artists:

Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Organ

Symphonic Quartet:

Kathryn Hatmaker, violin

Wesley Precourt, violin

Hanah Stuart, viola

Alex Greenbaum, violoncello