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Monday, June 24, 2013


Monday Evening Organ Concerts All Summer
STARTS MONDAY—Free summer-long organ concerts in Balboa Park begin Monday with opening night of the Summer International Organ Festival, June 24 at 7:30 pm.  That’s in addition to a traditional schedule of free weekly Sunday concerts at the almost 100-year old Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams inaugurates the 2013 Spreckels Organ Society’s Summer International Organ Festival, the first of 10 free organ concert under the stars in Balboa Park.  Special guests for the first night include The House of Scotland Pipe Band (these musicians know how to make a bold entrance) and Kengo Ito Marimba.
Civic Organist Carol Williams with the House
of Scotland Pipe Band,  June 24.
Monday night’s program will begin with a bell serenade from the Carillon de Balboa Park atop the California Tower with Ms. Gina Seashore bell side.

Summer International Organ Festival Line up:
July 1              Cheryl and Wayne Sepalla
July 8              Richard Hills
July 15            Daryl Robinson and Anelle Gregory
July 22 Jane Watts
July 29            Barbara Dennerlein
August 3        Robert Plimpton
Spreckels Organ Pavilion built in 1914
August 12      Keith Hearnshaw
August 19      Dennis James’ Silent Movie Night
August 26      Carol Williams

Most Sundays (weather or events permitting) there has been a free Sunday organ concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion since 1917.  This year is no exception.
Ongoing organ concerts, under the direction of San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams, take place 2 pm to 3 pm.  More info: 619-702-8138.

John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the organ bearing their name to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915-16.  One of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, the Spreckels organ contains 4,530 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is house in an architecturally pleasing vaulted enclosure with period embellishments by Harrison Albright, architect. 

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