Spreckels Organ Society

Uncle Sam’s Special 2020 Tax Deduction

It’s only good for your 2020 taxes — an income tax deduction for your charitable donations (via cash, check, credit card). Even if you don’t itemize your taxes, you can claim the deduction for up to $300 when you give to non-profit charitable organizations (such as the 501-C-3 designated Spreckels Organ Society). CLICK HERE to read the good news at the IRS website.

Help to Keep the Music Flowing

Here’s your invitation to join a worldwide tribe of music-lovers who want the Spreckels Organ to keep playing for audiences now and in the future.

Click here to donate and to learn more about membership.

Your donations count toward your membership in the Spreckels Organ Society, a non-profit charity founded in 1988 to preserve, program and promote the Spreckels Organ as a world treasure for all people.

Your membership supports the concerts, and also scholarships for organ students in the San Diego area. In 2021 we hope to re-launch the live concerts that audiences enjoy while seated outdoors in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park.

For 2021, we are at work forming a library from thousands of organ sheet music selections that we have gathered through the years – an excellent resource for musicians.

We plan further educational presentations too, as a way to augment the frequent visits that local 5th graders have been making to the Spreckels Organ for many years. Soon, we hope that they’ll be able to enjoy an online visit to the Pavilion as well, and learn more about the organ’s music and the science that supports the art.

It’s our hope that in 2021 we shall offer another summer of Monday evening concerts, continuing a 30-year tradition of the International Summer Organ Festival with the world’s finest organists coming to offer full-length concerts under summer evening skies.

Your membership helps make it possible! CLICK HERE to renew your membership, give one as a holiday gift, or join today — and let the spirit of music continue its gifts to all.

A Long-Ago Christmas memory

In the 1920s and early 30s — before the Christmas music of Bing Crosby, Perry Como, or Vince Guaraldi — it was a holiday tradition for world-famous mezzo-soprano Ernestine Schumann-Heink to sing Silent Night on the radio. Click the photo for the recording.

She recorded Stille Nacht for Victor Records in 1908 at their Camden, New Jersey, studio when she was a star on the world opera stage.

Click here to hear a recording of her in a duet with with Enrico Caruso from Il Trovatore. Later, after she came to live in San Diego, the annual radio appearance helped to keep her in the spotlight.

She was a “Gold Star Mother – and a Star of the World,” according to the plaque placed in her memory at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion shortly after her death in 1936 at the age of 75.

Selling War Bonds, 1918/

Online concert Sunday, Dec. 13

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to the online concert for Sunday December 13. The concert includes cartols sung by celebrity vocalist Lauren Leigh, along with majestic classics and the powerful performance of Prieto Ramírez on the magnificent Spreckels Organ.

Teddy Bearts surround the console for Raul's Holiday Concert video session.

The concert will be available for viewing at least through December 16. Here’s the set of musical selections:

Augustin Lara – Granada
G.F. Handel – Joy to the World
Johannes Brahams – Hungarian Dance N.5
Livingston & Evans – Silver Bells
John Philip Souss – Stars and Stripes Forever
Traditional – We Wish Youva Merry Christmas
Johann Sebastian Bach – Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 531
Traditional – Deck the Halls
Zez Confrey – Dizzy Fingers
Pierpont – Jingle Bells
Queen -;Bohemian Rhapsody
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Lauren Leigh

On December 20, Raul welcomes tenor Marco Antonio Labastida, and they’ll present Mexican Christmas carols in the Castellano language as part of the weekly concert.

December 27, Raul welcomes soprano Tasha Koontz to the Spreckels stage for more holiday favorites.

NEW YEAR’S DAY, Wednesday January 1, the Spreckels Organ rings in 2021 with a 2 p.m. video premiere of Raul’s Viennese Celebration. Waltz your cares away to the sounds of Strauss, and other delightful classic melodies.

Online concert Sunday, Dec. 6

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK to the online concert for Sunday December 6 that will premiere at 2 p.m. Pacific Time.

Musical Program:

Camille Saint-Saens – improvisation Op.150 N. 7

Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565

Movie Time!
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

  Charles-Marie Widor
  I-Allegro, from Symphony N.6 in G minor Op.42/2

  John Philip Sousa – Semper Fidelis

Franz Liszt – Symphonic poem: “Prometheus” S.99

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