Spreckels Organ Society

Photos – Bradley Welch concert

Here’s a sample of the great photos our volunteer photographer, Bob Lang, has posted from Bradley Welch’s concert on July 23. See the full set here:


Bradley Hunter Welch.

Concert Program: Sunday July 29

Free hour-long Organ Concert at 2 p.m. by San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton featuring the following selections:
America the Beautiful      arr. Robert Plimpton
Paean: A Song of Triumph (Fanfare)  Oliphant Chuckerbutty (1884-1960)
Spanish Military March    Humphrey John Stewart (1856-1932)
             (San Diego’s first “city organist”)
Grand March from “Aida” Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), arr. Edwin H. Lemare
Prelude and Fugue in e minor    Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
In a Persian Market              Albert W. Kettelby  (1875-1959)
Phantom of the Opera Medley                 Andrew Lloyd Webber (1986)
Hornpipe Humoresque     Noel Rawsthorne (b. 1929)
With apologies to J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Arne and Wdor
Finale (Symphony 1)             Louis Vierne  (1870-1937)
The National Anthem

Monday July 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The International Summer Organ Festival continues on Monday July 23 with the 7:30 p.m. concert by Bradley Hunter Welch. Hailed as “A world-class virtuoso” and “an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows and colors,” Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist. A native of Knoxville, TN, Bradley holds the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Musical Arts, Master of Music degrees, and the Artist Diploma from Yale University. Selections include:

Toccata in B Minor                                Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)

Variations on O laufet, ihr Hirten (“O Run, You Shepherds!”)                                                                             Max Drischner (1891-1971)

Two Movements from Organbook III            William Albright

Nocturne            (1944-1998)

Jig for the Feet (“Totentanz”)

Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Final    César Franck (1822-1890)

Trumpet Tune                                          Frederick Swann (b. 1931)

“Nimrod” from Variations on an Original Theme     Edward Elgar

(“Enigma”), Opus 36                                                          (1857-1934)

arr. W. H. Harris/Welch

Chorale Fantasy on Lobe den Herren (2010)    Aaron David Miller

(“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”)        (b. 1972)

Composed for Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch

Thanks to concert sponsors:

Dr. Dwight W. Gordon / George Butterfield

Download the complete Summer Program Book here.

Photos – July 16 concert

July 16 is San Diego’s birthday: the date when Junípero Serra offered the first mass on Presidio Hill above Old Town in 1769. The occasion was marked in 2018 not only by a fine concert by organist Adam Brakel, but also with the dedication of new loudspeakers in the California Tower given to the City by Friends of Balboa Park. Here, the chair of the Friends, George Hardy (the Society’s own former president) proffers a commemorative plaque to Jeff VanDeerlin of the San Diego Parks & Recreation Department to formalize the occasion.

You can see all the photos by volunteer photographer Bob Lang at this link:


Program for Sunday July 22

Martin Green, organist at St. Paul’s cathedral in San Diego, will perform the one-hour concert on Sunday at 2 p.m.:

Chaconne in G-minor                                                                     Louis Couperin (1626-61)
Outer Hebrides (Fantasia on Traditional Celtic Melodies)             Paul Halley (b. 1952)
Gabriel’s Oboe (from the Motion Picture “The Mission”)                Ennio Morricone (b. 1928)
Trumpet Tunes (from Suite No. 2 for organ)                                  Calvin Hampton (1938-84)
From Cinco Danzucas Populares                                                   Miguel Pérez (b. 1976)
     Danzuca Mordida
     Danzuca de las Hachas
     Danzuca de Amor
     Danzuca Final
Aria                                                                                                    Charles Callahan (b. 1951)
2nd Sonate (Op 50): Allegro Vivace                                                    Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
The National Anthem