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.
June 25 - Opening Night of the 31st Annual International Summer Organ Festival features Raúl Prieto Ramírez, new Civic Organist of the City of San Diego.
July 2 - Award-winning American theatre organist Walt Strony performs an evening of patriotic music celebrating Independence Day.
July 9 - At just 24 years old, Alessandro Pittorino is increasingly becoming one of New York City’s most exciting, invigorating, and innovative young organists.
July 16 - The spell-binding performances of concert organist Adam J. Brakel have led to his being compared to Liszt, Gould, Bernstein, and Paganini - suggesting that true musical prodigies continue to exist in the 21st century.
July 23 - Hailed as “A world-class virtuoso” and “an expert at defining darks, lights, shadows, and colors," Bradley Hunter Welch is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and collaborative artist.
July 30 - An evening of Violoncello and Organ. Acclaimed organist, Chelsea Chen, and New York City Ballet Orchestra cellist, Joseph Lee bring their unique artistry to a concert of cello and organ music.
August 6 - An evening of violin and organ. Organist Ken Cowan and his wife, Lisa Shihoten, combine forces for an exciting program of virtuoso works for organ and violin.
August 13 - The Festival’s annual Rising Stars Night features 15-year-old, twin brothers Reilly Xu and Bruce Xu. Reilly is currently studying in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College program, and Bruce is a rising junior at the high school program of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
August 20 - Silent Movie Night! Theatre Organist Steven Ball returns to San Diego for the Festival’s popular Silent Movie Night. He’ll play for the hilarious Safety Last (1923) starring Harold Lloyd.
August 27 - San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez and his wife Maria Teresa Sierra have been performing full-scale concert performances for piano and organ since 2007.
September 3 - Rocking Balboa: A Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin Tribute. The finale of the International Summer Organ Festival features San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez playing classics by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, two of the most influential rock bands in music history.
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