Spreckels Organ Society

Upcoming Concerts – July-August 2018

It’s summer, which means the regular Sunday afternoon 2 p.m. concerts are augmented by another concert every Monday at 7:30 p.m. Here’s a chronological list of the upcoming organ concerts and artists. (Note, the Monday evening programs are described in detail in the downloadable Program Book document, at right. For Sunday concert programs, keep an eye on these website postings.)

Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. – Robert Plimpton, SD Civic Organist Emeritus (scroll down for program details).

Monday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Adam J. Brakel

Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. – Martin Green, organist at St. Paul’s Cathedral San Diego

Monday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Bradley Hunter Welch

Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. – Robert Plimpton, SD Civic Organist Emeritus

Monday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Chelsea Chen, organ / Joseph Lee, cello

Sunday, August 5 at 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, SD Civic Organist

Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. – Ken Cowan, organ / Lisa Shihoten, violin

Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, SD Civic Organist

Monday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. – “Rising Stars” Night featuring young organists Bruce and Reilly Xu

Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, SD Civic Organist

Monday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. – Movie Night: Steven Ball plays the organ to accompany “Safety Last” starring Harold Lloyd. Come early for the Beer & Wine Tasting Fundraiser!

Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, SD Civic Organist

Monday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, organ / Teresa Sierra, piano

Sunday, September 2 at 2 p.m. – Raúl Prieto Ramírez, SD Civic Organist

Monday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Raúl rocks the organ with a tribute to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin – finale concert of the Summer Organ Festival 2018.

 – Concerts continue every Sunday at 2 p.m.-


Sunday July 15 at 2 p.m. – Robert Plimpton

Sunday July 15 at 2 p.m. enjoy a free hour-long Organ Concert by Robert Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus, featuring the following musical selections:
America, the Beautiful           arr. R. Plimpton
Trumpet Tune        Frederick Swann (b. 1931)
Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne                                       Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Two Pieces        Ramón Noble (1925-1999)
    El Flautista Alegré
    Danza Espagnola
March on a Theme of Handel               Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Fiddler on the Roof Medley              arr. R. Plimpton on music by Jerry Bock (1964)
Japanese Friendship Garden at Midday (Snapshots from Balboa)           Robert W. Jones (1932-1997)
     Commissioned by the Spreckels Organ Society in 1995
in honor of the 80th anniversary of the Spreckels Organ
     Dedicated to Vivian Evenson
Allegro vivace (Symphony V)         Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
National Anthem

Help sought in front office

The Spreckels Organ Society Executive Director is now seeking a part-time assistant for office support. Work on Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at negotiated hourly rate. Duties include scheduling assistance, production and distribution of written communications, support for organ concert productions. Needed skills: effective telephone and correspondence capabilities, adept at Facebook and social media, capable with Word, Excel, Publisher, Photoshop, WordPress in Windows environment. Please contact Ross Porter – sosorgan@gmail.com

Photos – Alessandro Pittorino

Thanks to sponsors of the July 9 concert by Alessandro Pittorino, pictured here left to right: Judith Trento, organist Alessandro, Jack Lasher (who’s also president of the Spreckels Organ Society), and Michael Drummy.

In addition to the Monday evening concert, Alessandro played on Sunday afternoon, July 8, to another appreciative crowd. Volunteer photographer Bob Lang was onhand to get shots of the afternoon concert, which you can view at this link:


Sunday and Monday: Alessandro Pittorino

From Australia via New York City, Alessandro Pittorino will be playing this Sunday’s concert at 2 p.m. (musical selections to be announced from stage) as well as on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. (Refer to the program book, at right).