Spreckels Organ Society

The photos are here!

Bob Lang’s photo set from Movie Night is now uploaded … Click here:


Saturday Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.: Movie Night with Clark Wilson

The San Diego International Organ Festival finale concert is on Saturday, August 31 and will feature organist Clark Wilson playing accompaniment to two silent film comedies.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with music from the American Songbook, which Mr. Wilson will play until dusk has settled, at which point CHASING CHOO CHOOS (1927) will be screened. After an intermission, the concert will conclude with SHERLOCK, JR. (1924) starring Buster Keaton. The approximate ending time of the concert is 9:30 p.m.
At the concert, Spreckels Organ Society welcomes representatives of the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, which is staging a Centennial Commemoration on November 16 of the moment in 1919 when John D. Spreckels drove the Golden Spike to complete the San Diego & Arizona Railway. CHASING CHOO CHOOS was filmed along that railway, so eagle-eyed spotters will get a good look at San Diego’s “back country” of the 1920s. Pay a visit to the Railway Museum display table at the concert to learn more about the “Impossible Railroad” and commemorative events coming up this fall.

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.