The Spreckels Organ Society lights up San Diego summer nights with the International Summer Organ Festival

 

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Monday, June 25 through Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, The Spreckels Organ Society lights up San Diego summer nights with the International Summer Organ Festival ­– an inspiring lineup of free outdoor concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, each designed to demonstrate the fresh sound of the historic 1914 Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world.

The 2018 Festival features virtuoso performances by world-class organists, music for Independence Day, acclaimed string and organ duos, Rising Stars Night with 15 year-old twin organists, the always popular Spreckels Silent Movie Night, and Rocking Balboa: A Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin Tribute.

All Festival concerts start at 7:30 p.m., are free to the public, and are open to all ages. Friendly music-loving pets on leash are welcome. Light snacks, beverages, and unique gifts are available on the pavilion grounds, and proceeds from donations benefit the nonprofit Spreckels Organ Society, which works to preserve, program and promote the Spreckels Organ as a world treasure for all people.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Monday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. ­– Opening Night of the 31st Annual International Summer Organ Festival features Raúl Prieto Ramírez, new Civic Organist of the City of San Diego. With words such as “sizzling” and “transcendent” used to describe his performances, Raúl Prieto Ramírez is the first Spanish organist in recent times to establish himself among the elite of the international pipe organ scene. His powerful personality, passionate expressiveness, and outstanding technique make him shine in a wide range of repertoire and styles.

KUSI’s Dave Scott was at Balboa Park getting all the details.

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