Spreckels Organ Society

Insider Brunch & Tour – May 9, 2015

Coffee, Brunch, Concert & Tour

Join us May 9 for coffee, brunch, a concert and a private tour of the inside of the majestic Spreckels Organ. Coffee and brunch will take place in the Loggia Room of the historic House of Hospitality in the heart of Balboa Park and will be catered by the renowned Prado Restaurant.

prado fountainFollowing a concert with our always fantastic Civic Organist, Carol Williams, attendees will have the unique opportunity to go inside the organ to see firsthand the intricate innerworkings of this San Diego landmark. Docents will be nearby to explain the complex mechanics that give this magnificent instrument its voice and to answer any questions.

Tickets for this wonderful event are only $47.25 per person. Reservations must be made by May 1.

Click here to make your reservation today!


9:30 a.m. – Coffee

10:00 a.m. – Brunch

11:15 a.m. – Concert

12:00 p.m. – Tour

Menu – Catered by the Prado Restaurant

  • Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaf & Tea
  • Orange, Apple, and Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Fruit & Berries
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Cinnamon Brioche French Toast
  • Orange Zest Butter, Maple Syrup
  • Sweet Cream Butter and Fruit Preserves
  • Smoked Bacon and Country Sausage
  • Prado Spanish Potatoes


Reserve your spot by clicking here or by emailing sosorgan@gmail.com

Easter at the Organ Pavilion

Sunrise Service starts 6:30 a.m. – conducted by Faith Presbyterian Church. San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton will play the Spreckels Organ. Choir conducted by Joe Rodriguez, former longtime Administrator of the Spreckels Organ Society.

Easter Sunday Concert at 2 p.m. – Robert Plimpton, organist.

Robert Plimpton is a native of Pennsylvania and is currently the

Concert Program: March 29 at 2 p.m.

This Sunday,  San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams,will play the following selections —
America — Arranged by Carol Williams
Lo Ballo Dell’ Intorcia – Antonio Valente (ca. 1520-81)
Praeludium – Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-97)
B. A. C. H.  —   C. P. E. Bach (1714-88)
Greensleeves – Traditional
Venus Toccata, Op. 9 – Carol Williams (Contemporary)
Palladio – Karl Jenkins (Contemporary)
Misty – Erroll Garner (1923-77)
Three Verses from the Te Deum – Anonymous (Published Paris 1531)
Te Deum – Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
The National Anthem – Arranged by Carol Williams.


Free concert on the great Spreckels Organ. Ample seating in the sunshine, with shade umbrellas available for rental from the Spreckels Organ Society.

If you’re at home to beat the heat, catch us online by clicking the “Webcast” menu option, above. The little camera in this photo  gives you a closeup view of Carol at the console.


Sunday March 22 – 2 p.m. concert

Dr. Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist, will play the Spreckels Organ at 2 p.m. on March 22
America – Arr. Carol Williams
Overture, The Marriage of Figaro – W. A Mozart (1756-91) Arr. Carol Williams
Chaconne – Louis Couperin (Circa 1626-1661)
Fantasia, BWV 572- J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Happy Birthday, Herr Bach – Ronald Watson (Contemporary)
Vienna March – Scotson Clark (1849-83)
Blue Danube Waltz – Johann Strauss II (1825-99)
Wien bleibt Wien – Johann Schrammel (1850-93)
Sabre Dance – Aram Khatchaturian (1903-78) Arr. Carol Williams
Freedom, Op. 12 – Carol Williams (Contemporary)
The National Anthem – Arr. by Carol Williams

Special Welcome to the San Diego Dachshund Club on this day!

March 8 concert at 2 p.m.

This Sunday’s concert features Robert Plimpton, Civic Organist Emeritus with
Colette Thomas, mezzo-soprano

America, the Beautiful     arranged by Robert Plimpton
Trumpet Tune                   John Stanley (1712-1786)
Prelude and Fugue in G Major (BWV 541)             J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
1915 Official “EXPO” March            Fred Stansfield (1910)

I Got Rhythm                          George Gershwin
Dream a Little Dream of Me                Wilbur Schwandt and Frabian Andree
From The King and I                                  Richard Rodgers
Hello, Young Lovers; I Whistle a Happy Tune
Colette Thomas

Fountain Reverie                           Percy Fletcher (1879-1932)

Neverland                                        Jule Styne
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows/ Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Joseph McCarthy and Harry Cowell/ Harold Arlen
Colette Thomas

Toccata                                             Eugene Gigout (1844-1925)

The National Anthem

Robert Plimpton is a native of Pennsylvania and is currently the