Spreckels Organ Society

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

March 1 concert at 2 p.m.

Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams celebrates St. David’s Day with the following musical selections:
America — Arranged by Carol Williams
Prelude in b minor, BWV 544 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Songs of Praise – Herbert Chappell (b. 1934)
Carillon de Westminster – Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Palladio Karl – Jenkins (Contemporary)
St. David’s Day Selection – Arranged by Carol Williams
Twilight, Op. 3 – Carol Williams (Contemporary)
Hey Jude – Lennon & McCartney
Some Celtic Melodies – Arranged by Carol Williams
The National Anthem — Arranged by Carol Williams

Lyle Blackinton Day in San Diego – photos

The official proclamation for Lyle W. Blackinton Day.

On Sunday February 22, the City Council proclaimed Lyle W. Blackinton Day in honor of 40-year curator Lyle Blackinton, who has spent a full 60 years working on the Spreckels Organ. Photos of the special concert and the reception that followed are at this link:


Photos from Bark in Balboa Park

57 Dog Day 2-15-15-Cox

It was a sunny day and hundreds of dogs and their friends were onhand to celebrate! Here’s a link to more of Mike Cox’s great photos:


Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. – Carol Williams and guests

This Sunday’s concert is honoring Lyle Blackinton, 40-year curator of the organ. Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams is joined by guest organists Dale Sorenson (current Curator of the Spreckels organ), Jared Jacobsen (former San Diego Civic Organist), and Robert Plimpton (SD Civic Organist Emeritus). Musical selections:

America – Arranged by Carol Williams

Etude Symphonique – Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Toccata, Symphonie V – Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Now Thank We All Our God – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Michael Burkhardt (Contemporary)
Dale Sorenson

Prelude to “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” – Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Transcibed by E. H. Lemare (1865-1934)
Jared Jacobsen

St. Anne Fugue, BWV 552 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata for a Happy Day – Emma Lou Diemer (Contemporary)
Robert Plimpton

Unforgettable – Irving Gordon (1915-96)
Spreckels Centennial Fanfare, Op. 14 – Carol Williams (Contemporary)

The National Anthem – Arranged by Carol Williams