Spreckels Organ Society

Concerts coming up

 The Spreckels Organ plays every Sunday, rain or shine, at 2 p.m for a free public concert in the heart of Balboa Park. Here’s what’s on the schedule:

Holiday schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 25 – Community Christmas Center opening – 2 to 9 p.m. on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Organist: Robert Plimpton will play at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26 – Organist Alison Luedecke hosts the 2017 scholarship winners Lauren Abbott, Stephen Priest, and Naya Del Val.

Friday, Dec. 1 – December Nights opening – The Spreckels Organ plays at dusk to launch San Diego’s finest holiday celebration throughout Balboa Park, now in its 40th year! The park-wide holiday celebration is from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Details at www.balboapark.org/december-nights

 The Del Cerro Baptist Church “Christmas Story Tree” will be set up on the Pavilion stage as of December 1, with a schedule of tableaux vivant presentations through the evening of Sunday December 3, with a final performance 5:15 p.m.

 Sunday, December 3 – Russ Peck plays Christmas favorites, and Ross Porter will sing.

Sunday, December 10 – Stephen Price is the featured organist

Sunday, December 17 – Organist to be announced

Sunday, December 24 – Organist to be announced

Sunday, December 31 – Organist to be announced

Monday, January 1, 2018 – New Year’s Day Concert at 2 p.m.

Program for Sunday Nov 19

At 2 p.m. the weekly free organ concert will feature Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton, with guest artist Marco Labastida, tenor. Musical selections:


  Alla Marcia                                                      Robert Elmore (1912-1983)              

   Finale (Symphony 4)                         Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)              

Robert Plimpton

   Amapola                                                                                         A. M. Lacalle

   Mi Canción                    Maria Grever

   Adios dijiste (from “Maravilla”)            F. Moreno Torroba

Marco Labastida

    Danza Espagnola, for organ               Ramón Noble (1920-1999)

    Dime que sí              Alfonso Esparza Oteo

    Spanish Eyes            Bert Kaempfert

    Concert Samba for Organ                Joe Utterback (b. 1944)

    Granada                 Augustin Lara

    National Anthem


Program for Sunday Nov. 12

At 2 p.m., Former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen offers Music for Veterans Weekend:

Variations de Concert, opus 1
Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944)
The Graceful Ghost Rag
William Bolcom (b. 1938)
– arranged for organ by Jared Jacobsen
Cortège et Litanie
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
“Yankee Doodle”
arranged by Fred Feibel (1906-1978)
Pièce Héroïque
César Franck (1822-1890)
Armed Forces Medley
arranged by Joyce Eilers (1941-2009)
-transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
The Star Spangled Banner: Concert Variations
Dudley Buck (1839-1909)
– transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
America’s National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner

Concert for Sunday Nov. 5

At the weekly 2 p.m. free organ concert on Sunday, Nov. 5, a host of talent joins Organist Alison Luedecke to celebrate Panama’s Independence Day!

Guest musicians: Organist Michele Eggleston, Baritone John Polhamus, Percussionists Arnie Schoenberg, Cynthia Hernandez and Roy de Vries. Plus Dancers of the “Conjunto Folklorico Sonares de mi tierra” led by Vielsy Monteiro.

Special welcome to Panama’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Raquel Victoria Alfaro Estripeaut!

Musical selections:

Meditation on America                                                Noel Goemanne

Toccata in d minor, BWV 565                                     J. S. Bach

(featuring Michele Eggleston)

Fugue in d minor, BWV 565                                       J. S. Bach

Hornpipe Humoresque                                               Noel Rawsthorne

The Emporer’s Fanfare from the 6th Concerto            Antonio Soler

San Diego (1914)                                                       Burt H. Carlson

(featuring John Polhamus, baritone)

Expo: The Official March (1915)                                Fred Stansfield

Panama National Anthem ”Himno Panama”

Julia Pela

La Murga de Panama

Panemeño, Panameña, Vida mia

Star Spangled Banner

Concert for Sunday Oct 29

At 2 p.m. the weekly Sunday concert features former Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen, who plays “MUSIC FOR GHOSTS, GOBLINS, AND THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT”

Toccata from Suite Gothique
Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)
Overture to the opera The Flying Dutchman
Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
– transcribed for organ by Edwin Henry Lemare
Pumpkin Carols, sung by all:
“Great Pumpkin Is Comin’ To Town”
“Deck the Patch”
“I’m Dreaming of the Great Pumpkin”
**The San Diego Dachshund Club Celebrates Halloween!**
The Funeral March of a Marionette
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
-arranged by W. T. Best
Fugue in F Minor: ‘The Munster’
Jack Marshall (20th century)
– arranged by Mark N. Peterson
More Pumpkin Carols:
“I Heard the Bells on Halloween”
“The Halloween Song”
“The Twelve Nights of Halloween”
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
-transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
– transcribed by Jared Jacobsen
America’s National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner