From the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego (California), Raúl Prieto Ramírez – San Diego Civic Organist – performs a one-hour concert with music for everyone, from Bach to Rock, from Early Music to Contemporary, from Classical to Broadway. Concert sponsored by the City of San Diego with support from the Spreckels Organ Society.
You can donate here to support these free weekly concerts.
UNTIL THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd, you can watch the March 29 concert video by clicking here.
These concerts will be streamed every Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Typically they will be watchable live for up to 24 hours after the webcast.
March 29 musical program:
Available exclusively online – will stream at 2 p.m. Pacific time, Sunday March 22
Welcome – Dale Sorenson, Spreckels Organ Curator
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Exercise for pedals alone BWV 598
Toccata, adagio and fugue in C BWC 564
Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV 542
Prelude and fugue in D Major BWV 532
Dear Musical Friends,
Speaking as Artistic Director in coordination with President Jean Samuels and Curator Dale Sorenson, we would like to let the public know that the Spreckels Organ Society is taking very seriously the fast-moving developments regarding the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and therefore we have agreed with Parks & Recreation to offer the Sunday 2pm concerts to our audience through an online platform. We aim to maintain our commitment to Preserve, Program and Promote the Musical Jewel of San Diego, while at the same time supporting the “stay-home” recommendations by providing the concerts exclusively online. There will be no live performance on Sunday at 2 pm, so please do not come to the Organ Pavilion. As San Diego Civic Organist I will pre-record the concert on a week day and we will then live-stream it on Sundays at 2pm.
We consider this to be the best action we can take to support the social efforts to slow down the spread of the virus, helping to prevent a quickly-occurring increase of infection cases that could collapse our healthcare system. At the same time we aim to continue providing our community with a weekly dose of inspiration and hope through the power of high quality music.
On behalf of the Spreckels Organ Society, our best wishes to you and your family during these uncertain times. Thank you for your continued support.
Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Artistic Director
International Concert Artist – San Diego Civic Organist
Dale Sorenson, Curator
Jean Samuels, President
Though the San Diego Children’s Choir could not appear March 15 as originally scheduled, the regular one-hour organ concert at 2 p.m. was played by the amazing San Diego Civic Organist Raul Prieto Ramirez.
Photos taken by Robert Lang appear at this link:
Pursuant to public health guidelines then in effect, the audience was advised to enjoy the outdoor concert using 6’ social distancing measures. In keeping with guidelines, those who should not attend include those over age 60, those with heart or lung disease, diabetes or immuno-suppressed conditions, or other factors placing them in a high risk group as defined by the CDC.
Your knowledge can save lives, in this critical time. This Voice of San Diego notice contains useful links.
For Bob Lang’s photos of the March 8 concert, click here:
The hour-long public concert by San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez featured these musical selections:
America the Beautiful, arranged by Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Improvisation Op.150 N.7
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Rhapsody Op.7 No.1
Movie time! – Bee Gees: Stayin’ alive
-arranged by SDCO Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude Choral “Liebster Jesu wir sind hier” BWV 732
Louis-Nicolas Cambault (1676-1749)
From Suite du premier ton (premier livre d’orgue, 1710)
Basse et dessus de trompette – Récits – Dialogue sur les grand jeux
Alexander Guilmant (1837-1911)
Pastorale and Finale from Sonate N.1 in D minor
National Anthem, arranged by Raúl Prieto Ramírez