Spreckels Organ Society

Photos from August 19 concert

Award-winning photographer Bob Lang has posted another awesome set of photos, this one featuring Gunnar Idenstam’s concert of August 19. Click on the link to see them all:



Monday August 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The San Diego International Organ Festival presents Raúl Prieto Ramírez on the organ, joined by a symphonic string quartet for a unique evening of classical selections:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

              Prelude and Fugue in G minor, organ solo


              Scherzo in C minor from F.A.E. Sonata for violin and piano

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

F.A.E: “Frei aber einsam” (“free but lonely”)


Manuel Aguilar

Tango Trío Op.71

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Rondo alla Zingarese, from quartet N.1 Op.25

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)


César Franck (1822-1890)

Quintet in F minor

I-Molto moderato quasi lento – Allegro

II-Lento con molto sentimento

III-Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco

(piano part transcribed for organ by Raúl Prieto Ramírez)

Monday’s artists:

Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Organ

Symphonic Quartet:

Kathryn Hatmaker, violin

Wesley Precourt, violin

Hanah Stuart, viola

Alex Greenbaum, violoncello



Sunday August 25 at 2 p.m.

Organist Alison Luedecke will present the regular 2 p.m. concert on Sunday August 25, with the following musical selections:

My Country ’Tis of Thee – arr. Christopher Pardini

Felix Mendelssohn

Sonata II:        Grave

Allegro maestoso e vivace

Allein Gott in der Hof sei Ehr – Dietrich Buxtehude

Praeludium, Fuga and Ciacona, BuxWV 137 – Dietrich Buxtehude

Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 – J. S. Bach

Fanfare for the Common Man – Aaron Copland

Three pieces by Mozart:           W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Minuet and Trio in C

Adagio in C

Rondo in C

Toccata in G – Theodore Dubois (1837-1924)

Star Spangled Banner – intro by Mary Beth Bennett

Concert program: Sunday August 18

On Sunday August 18, enjoy a free hour-long Organ Concert beginning at 2 p.m. San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will play the following musical selections, and Monday night’s concert organist, Gunnar Idenstam, will offer a “cameo” piece.

America the Beautiful
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Fugue in D major BWV 532
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Danse macabre
Movie time!
New York, New York
Guest Appearance:
Organist Gunnar Idenstam
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Trascendental etude “Wilde Jagd”
EXPO March (played using the pedals alone)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Clair de lune
Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Finale, from Sonate N.1 in D minor
National Anthem

Monday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday August 19, the San Diego International Organ Festival features a public concert by Swedish organist GUNNAR IDENSTAM. According to Gramophone: “His organ compositions occupy their own universe — part hard, progressive rock, part elfin folklore, part nave-shaking French symphony. Idenstam’s touch of the organ is as funky as it is majestic.” A busy and successful career in Europe has kept Idenstam from visiting the United States, until now! The San Diego International Organ Festival has the honor and privilege of presenting him in the US. Concert Program:

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) Arr. Gunnar Idenstam
Danse de Neptune in C Major
Chaconne de l´Amour médecin
Menuet pour les Trompettes
Marche pour la Cérémonie turque

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata in F Major BWV 540

Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840) Arr. Gunnar Idenstam
Paganini Variations for feet

Gunnar Idenstam
Suite from Metal Angel:
Falling Angel
Gothic Garden

Maurice Ravel / Arr. Idenstam
La valse Poème chorégraphique pour orchestre
Pavane pour une infante défunte