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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
619 702 8138
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Ranked #27 of 231 Attractions in San Diego
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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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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AZ
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88 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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295 reviews 295 reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I understand that you can hear the organ being played on Sunday afternoons, and that there are concerts at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I weren't there at the right time to hear the organ. As we passed by after having some tea at the Tea Pavilion Café, we noticed that preparations were under way for a wedding... More

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Grand Lake
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We attended this event as part of our trip to Balboa Park. We're not big organ music fans or anything, but thought it might be a chance to relax a little and enjoy something different- and it was free! It was made especially enjoyable due to the obvious passion of the Civic Organist, Dr. Williams. She played a nice variety... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Needed a Classical music fix. Was greeted by this Magnificent architecture. Rare opportunity to hear an outdoor organ concert in a majestic setting. Dr. Carol Williams, is a Gifted & accomplished organist w a Charming north wales accent. Her musical technique was flawless. She performed a varied musical program. If one sits on stage you can see her fingers playing.... More

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