Spreckels Organ Society

Concert Program – Sunday Sept 23

At 2 p.m., enjoy the free hour-long Organ Concert featuring San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton, who will perform the following selections:

America the Beautiful – arr. R. Plimpton
Grand Choeur Dialogué – Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Fountain Reverie – Percy E. Fletcher (1879-1932)
“Little” Fugue in g minor – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho – Fela Sowande (1905-1986)
Impressions from an African Moonlight – Goodwin Sadoh (b. 1965)
(based on Nigerian children’s songs)
 1. Didactic Song: “He who behaves contemptuously to his or her parents will lead a woeful life.”
 2. Song of Wisdom: “Build your house on the rock.”
 5. Moonlight Toccata: “Oh my short child.” “Take care of your manners.”
Two Character pieces
 Donkey Dance – Robert Elmore (1912-1985)
 The Squirrel (Scherzino) – Powell Weaver (1890-1951)
El Flautista alegré – Roman Noble (1925-1999)
Toccata in b minor – Eugène Gigout
The National Anthem

Concert Schedule – Fall 2018

The weekly organ concerts continue every Sunday at 2 p.m. through the close of 2018.

* indicates special non-Sunday concert or event.

Sun Sept 16 – organist Michael Munson
Sun Sept 23 – organist Robert Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus
* Fri Sept 28 – El Prado’s Organ Pavilion Dinner – for details and reservations cal 619-257-9441.
Sun Sept 30 – organist Alison Luedecke
Sun Oct 7 – San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez
Sun Oct 14 – Global Preview Series: Lyon France Concert Selections – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m.
* Fri Oct 19 – Friends of Balboa Park Annual Luncheon – Balboa Park Club – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Buy tickets: 619.232.2282

Sun Oct 21 – Sunday concert

* Mon Oct 22 – Opera Celebration Concert – Organ Pavilion – 7 p.m. – In partnership with San Diego Opera, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will perform with Opera cast members featuring the music of from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, and Rigoletto.

Sun Oct 28 – Sunday concert

Sun Nov 4 – Sunday concert
Sun Nov 11 – Global Preview Series: Australian Concert Tour Selections – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m. Special guest performance: San Diego Children’s Choir. at 3 p.m.: celebration of Latvian Independence!
Sun Nov 18 Sunday Concert – Organ Pavilion – 2 p.m. – Raúl with soprano Diane Alexander

Sun Nov 25 – Sunday concert
* Sat Dec 1 – Community Christmas Center Opens – Organ Pavilion – 4 p.m. appx
Sun Dec 2 – Community Celebration Continues – Organ Pavilion – activities/booths up till concert time at 2 p.m.
* Fri/Sat Dec 7-8 – December Nights – Park-wide – organ plays both nights

Sunday Sept. 9 Concert Pieces

This week’s free hour-long Organ Concert is featuring Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez launching his GLOBAL PREVIEW SERIES, a set of Sunday concerts offering a musical preview of his upcoming concerts at international venues.

—San Diego Civic Organist on World Tour:

–Concert at Moscow Conservatory Great Hall

–Jury member at Moscow International Organ Competition representing America´s Finest City!

After today’s concert, Raúl Prieto Ramírez will be back on October 14th from concerts in Lyon Concert Hall (France) and the Weidener Performing Arts Center (WI)


Today’s musical selections:

America the Beautiful

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Allegro (from Symphony VI in g minor Op.42 N.2)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude Choral “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” BWV 659 + Fugue in g minor BWV 542

Jesus Guridi (1886 – 1961)

Triptych of the Good Shepherd, III- The Good Shepherd

César Franck (1822-1890)

Choral N.3 in A minor

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Final section from: Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” S.259

National Anthem


Sunday September 16th – Organist Michael Munson

Sunday September 23rd – Bob Plimpton, San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus

Sunday September 30th – Organist Alison Ludecke

Photos: 2018 Season Finale Concert

The Organ Festival Season wrapped on Labor Day with a rocking tribute to Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Great photos by Bob Lang here:


More great concerts ahead! Every Sunday at 2 p.m. This Sunday Sept 9 – Raúl’s first concert of the Global Preview Series, highlighting the selections from his upcoming performance in Moscow.


The musicians of the Society’s 2018 season finale concert (L -R): Shelbi Bennett, Daniel Crawford, Maria Teresa Sierra, Raúl Prieto Ramírez, Ariel Levine and Richard Larson.



Program for Sunday Sept 2

On Sunday at 2 p.m., enjoy the free hour-long Organ Concert by San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez featuring the following selections:

America the Beautiful
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
               Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
               Golliwog´s Cakewalk (from Children´s corner)
Movie time!
That´s Entertainment – La,la Land – One
Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia (1561-1627)
               Tiento partido de mano izquierda por Delasolre
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
               Ave Maria von Arcadelt
Leon Boëllman (1862-1897)
               Suite Ghotique
                              Prière a Notre-Dame
National Anthem
And join us again on Labor Day – Monday Sept 3 – at 7:30 p.m. for the Finale Concert of the 2018 Organ Festival!