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:
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.
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)
Amapola A. M. Lacalle
Mi Canción Maria Grever
Adios dijiste (from “Maravilla”) F. Moreno Torroba
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
At 2 p.m., Former San Diego Civic Organist Jared Jacobsen offers Music for Veterans Weekend:
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!
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”
La Murga de Panama
Panemeño, Panameña, Vida mia
Star Spangled Banner