Spreckels Organ Society

Concert Program for Tuesday, Jan. 1

Former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen will play at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day for an hour-long concert – free to the public – celebrating the birthday of the Spreckels Organ. “THE GREAT SPRECKELS ORGAN: 104 YEARS YOUNG!”


The Modal Trumpet
Frederick Karam (1926-1978)

Cyril Jenkins (1889-1978)

Caprice Viennois
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
-transcribed by Jared Jacobsen

Introduction and Fugue from Sonata Éroïca, opus 94
Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

The Ride of the Valkyries from the music-drama Die Walküre
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, S. 565
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
-transcribed for the Spreckels Organ by Jared Jacobsen

one more present under the tree:
“Good King Wenceslas”
Richard Elliott (b. 1957), with apologies to Peter I. Tchaikovsky

An Organic Birthday Torte
arranged by Dan Miller (b. 1954)

America’s National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner

Concert Program for Sunday Dec. 30

Free hour-long Organ Concert by Russ Peck, featuring the following selections:


 2–“Sound Off” by John Philip Sousa
 3–A Medley of Latin American Classics:
     A–“Tu” by Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes
     B–“La Golondrina” by Narciso Serradell Sevilla
     C–“La Cumparsita” by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
 4–“Golden Rain” by Émile Waldteufel
 5–A Pair of Holiday Instrumentals
     A–“Winter” by Albert Gumble
     B–“JIng-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling” by Paul Smith
 Selections from the American Songbook, with Ross Porter, baritone:
 1–“Top Hat” by Irving Berlin
 2–“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Frank Loesser
 3–“Blue Champagne” by Watts, Ryerson, and Eaton
 4–“April in Paris” by Harburg and Duke
 5–“Dance, Ballerina, Dance” by Russell and Sigman
 6–“It’s Only a Paper Moon” by Rose, Harburg, and Arlen
 7–“I Concentrate on You” by Cole Porter
“The Star Spangled Banner”

Program for Sun Dec 23

At 2 p.m., enjoy a free hour-long Organ Concert with Organist Alison Luedecke, joined by baritone Ross Porter who will lead the audience in singing the selections marked with an asterisk* —

Il est Ne le Divin Enfant – Noel Goemanne (1926-2010)
*The First Noel
 Chorale Prelude – John Leavitt (b. 1956)
 *Audience- Sing 1 verse
*Angels We Have Heard on High
 *Audience Sing 1 verse
 Toccatina – Richard Elliott (b. 1957)
Carol medley – Robert E. Smith (b. 1951)
 Puer nobis
 Good King Wenceslas
“It Came upon the Midnight Clear”
 *Audience Sing 1 verse
 Chorale Prelude – Craig Phillips (b. 1961)
Votre bonte grand Dieu – Claude Balbastre (1724-1799)
Medley of Noels – Jean Francois Dandrieu (1682-1738)
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
 *Audience Sing 1 verse
 Nocturne – Charles Callahan (b. 1946)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Joy to the World
* Audience Sing 1 verse
Toccata – Craig Phillips
The National Anthem

Concert Program: Fri Dec 14 at 6 pm

Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will present the following musical selections in a free one-hour concert beginning at 6 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

            Fugue in D Major BWV 532

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

            Danse Macabre

Leon Boellmann (1862-1897)

            Suite Gothique Op.25


Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)

Bohemian Rhapsody (arr. RPRamirez)

Eugene Gigout (1844-1925)

Toccata in B minor

Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Sonata de Clarines

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Toccata in D BuxWV 155

Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)

Scherzo in g minor

Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)

I-Allegro (from Symphony VI Op.42 N.2)


Organ concerts for December Nights

The Park’s busiest and most festive moment is nigh! December Nights, this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon / night, will offer an amazing holiday experience for families, couples, and fun-seekers of all ages. The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is home to the Christmas Story Tree, and an excellent entertainment line-up that includes Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez, who will give two concerts on the Spreckels Organ:

Friday, Dec. 7, 4:50 – 5:50, Raúl will be at the Spreckels Organ console to kick off the city of San Diego’s 41st annual free holiday festival.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:40 – 3:40 pm, Raúl will play an hour-long concert for festival-goers.

Of course, Raúl will present its customary Sunday Concert on Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m.


Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (See the post below for details)

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Spreckels Organ Christmas Carol Sing-Along!  Raúl Prieto Ramirez is joined by Song Leader Ross Porter, who will coax audience members onto the Organ Pavilion stage to sing along with the great Spreckels Organ.

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2:00 p.m. Sunday Concert by organist Alison Luedecke.
Sunday, Dec. 30, 2:00 p.m. Featuring Theatre Organist Russ Peck.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 2 p.m. Organ Concert featuring former Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen.