Spreckels Organ Society

Spreckels biographer to speak..


To Know Him is to Love Him…

Historian Sandra Bonura recently published a biography of John D. Spreckels.

Sandra offers free online talks on March 13 via Zoom and March 18 on Facebook.

Learn about the “sugar prince” who helped San Diego recover from its worst-ever economic crisis.

Here’s more about the Zoom meeting March 13, which is hosted by the La Playa Trail Association:

Meeting ID: 836 5263 2900

Passcode: 073352

Dial-in: 669 900 6833

Dr. Bonura’s March 18 talk is hosted by the Escondido Public Library

In 2018, she helped organize a visit to the Organ Pavilion by members of the Spreckels family – click here to read more.

Sunday is here! Online Concert March 7

Join the live chat at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, March 7 as we enjoy the weekly premiere of a one-hour concert on the Spreckels Organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK that will take you to the concert.

Musical selections:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Toccata in F BuxWV 157

Movie Time!
Yann Tiersen, La Valse d’Amelie
-arranged for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Golliwog’s Cakewalk, from children’s corner
-transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Félix Mendelssohn-Barholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata IV in B-flat Major Op.65 N.4
II-Andante religioso
IV-Allegro maestoso e vivace

Léon Boellmann (1862-1897)
Suite Gothique oP.25
I-Introducion-Choral
II-Menuet gothique
III-Prière à Nôtre-Dame
IV-Toccata

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Online Concert February 28

It’s Sunday, and that means a new one-hour concert by Raul Prieto Ramirez premieres at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. CLICK HERE for the link to the concert. The musical program consists of:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Scherzo for mechanical organ WoO.33 N.2

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
The Stars and Stripes forever
-trns. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude & Fugue in G Major BWV 541
N.1 Audience vote last week

Movie Time!
Hans Zimmer, Interestellar
-arranged for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Preludium in C BuxWV 137

Christoph Williband Gluck (1714-1787)
Melodie from “Orfeo ed Euridice”
-trans. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Félix Mendelssohn-Barholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata IV in B-flat Major Op.65 N.4
IV-Allegro maestoso e vivace

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Berçeuse

Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Scherzo in G minor

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Saluting a champion: Larry Baza

– from the Executive Director –

Too many of us have been brushed by COVID’s fear, loss, or grief. Last week, COVID robbed the Spreckels Organ Society and the world by claiming Larry Baza. At the time of his death, Larry had just become the co-chair of the California Arts Council, the latest of many prestigious titles he held during decades as an arts administrator and cultural advocate. 

San Diego had much to be proud of in Larry. He was a 1962 graduate of San Diego High School, a few blocks from the Organ Pavilion. His parents met and married in this city: his father a US Navy emigre from Guam who came in 1943, his mother descended from Mexican-American roots. He was among the first who engaged in many causes, using creative sparks not only for sure and strong expression, but also to evoke a unifying spirit of community commitment to inclusiveness. 

As chair of the San Diego Arts & Culture Commission, he supported the mission of the Spreckels Organ Society, voicing appreciation for its contribution — and those of other community arts organizations — to the life of our city. “Work hard, care deeply, love others, and enjoy yourself along the way” was Larry’s advice, quoted by fellow arts supporter Robert Gleason.

As we have learned from the onslaught of COVID, surviving what seem to be arbitrary threats to life and livelihood can make anybody angry. Larry’s life experience of injustice offered plenty of cause for anger that might have fueled the life work of a lone artist. Larry felt deeply challenged by forces such as the Vietnam War draft, the put-downs that came to Chicanos and to gays, and the mortal threat of AIDS, a killer too long ignored by those in charge. 

While Larry was a pioneer in confronting each of these challenges — earlier than most of his peers — his gift was to use more than anger in his response. Among his talents was the ability to sense that by working together, communities can overcome obstacles and become more healthy for all. He’ll be remembered for his great humor, incisive curiosity and genuine support of others, in the service of creating a world that offers more health, greater security, and broader appreciation for all.

Godspeed, Larry. We will miss you. 

Ross Porter

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Online Concert: Sunday Feb. 21 at 2 pm

Join Raul in Live Chat at this Sunday’s video premiere – 2 p.m. Pacific Time on February 21. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK which will take you to the YouTube rendezvous. After the one-hour premiere, the video concert will be available for viewing on-demand.

Musical Program:

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
West Side Story (medley)
-arr. Raúl Prieto Ramírez
*N.1 Vote by the Audience February 14th

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude & Fugue in G Major BWV 541

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Semper Fidelis
-trns. Raúl Prieto Ramírez

Félix Mendelssohn-Barholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata IV in B-flat Major Op.65 N.4
I-Allegro con brio
II-Andante religioso

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Toccata in D BuxWV 155

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Danse Macabre Op.40
-arranged for organ by Edwin Lemare
N.1 Vote by the Audience February 7th


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