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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
619 702 8138
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Type: Performances
Owner description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city... more » Owner description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city of San Diego on January 1, 1914. Come visit for a free concert every Sunday at 2pm and afterwards you are invited inside the building to view the pipe chambers and historic photo gallery. « less
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

In amazing Balboa Park in San Diego, it is quite a thrill to go see the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. It is one of the largest outdoor pipe organs. We have enjoyed listening to one of the organ recitals - a regular event that the public can attend.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A rare musical treat is available every Sunday at 2:00 P.M. in San Diego, rain or shine. Dr. Carol Williams plays this magnificent instrument donated to our city by the sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels back in 1915. With aplomb and humor at times, she gives great background information on the composers or compositions she is about to play. Printed programs... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

If I would visit something in San Diego twice it is the Spreckels Organ. It is amazing! And admission is free. Of course donations are welcome, or at least you can rent an umbrella for few dollars which is a good idea in a hot sunny day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

With it's own full time organist, Dr Carol Williams this is an event not to be missed. Huge and famous out door organ and amphitheatre, Dr Williams plays a selection of repertoire. Personally I wasn't keen on the reedy sound it makes in early organ works and even Bach but the sound is superb in modern repertoire. Dr Williams played... More

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Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

For a free event, this is amazing! The organ is a spectacular sounding instrument, and Dr. Carol Williams does a great job making it really come alive, showing all the things it can do. The concert was about an hour long, and her choices of music were perfect- nothing too long, and she gave a bit of info on each... More

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I am not a huge classic music fan, but this... I can't really describe it. It's a very big building, which is one huge Organ. This is amazing. Every Sunday 2PM there's a free concert, they provide umbrellas for like 1-2$ for a sunny or a rainy day. The sound is amazing... As a tourist, this totally blew me away.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I spend quite a bit of time in Balboa Park so always looking for additional activities so the Sunday afternoon organ concert was quite a treat. Dr. Carol Williams put on a fantastic concert with traditional favorites plus several of her own compositions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I'm not a fan or organ music, but the 3 times I've been I've enjoyed it. I've been several times when nothing was going on, it's just so lovely to look at. Plus it's a nice place to hang out with friends while taking a break from all the other superb attractions near by.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It was awesome! We went to a Monday night concert, not knowing what to expect. There were snacks, box dinners, and Organ Society shirts and recordings. I wish I had worn a sweater or brought a blanket or beach towel - the temp can get cool when the sun goes down. There is a big lot next to the pavilion... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

and they thought they'd died and gone to heaven. There is a free concert of some type here year round -- check their website to match your itinerary and your interests with what is being offered.

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