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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 #25 of 215 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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Grand Lake
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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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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Voorhees, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Free concerts every Sunday. It was at 2pm the day we were there. A great outdoor venue to listen to live music

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We were walking from the zoo to the air and space museum when we heard an..... Organ? Sure enough there it was, a large outdoor organ and a free concert. What a wonderful treat. Such a great atmosphere and something you definitely don't get to see every day!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We found the Spreckels Organ Pavilion concert at Balboa park a real treat. This is a huge outdoor pipe organ with free concerts every Sunday. If you're a classical music lover, this is for you. Seating was comfortable and the grounds, as all of Balboa Park spotlessly kept. After the concert we were treated a quite a few talented street... More

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Princeton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We just happened to be walking past the pavilion at a bit before 2pm and there it was - the organ on the stage - what a wonderful surprise! I had always wanted to hear it, but never had the opportunity on any of my San Diego visits. The one hour free concert is held at 2pm every Sunday ALL... More

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

this is a one of a kind pleasant thing. nice summer concerts on sundays. some years the concerts are better than others. but i like it.

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We spent our last Sunday afternoon of Dec there, at the recommendation of a close friend. The organ set was truly beautiful (you can get a tiny peek afterwards at the back-stage). Our program was a double take, with both organ music by Carol Williams and the scottish music by a local pipe band. I actually enjoyed the scottish music... More

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Went to Balboa Park today 1/5/14 - and we couldn't get far enough away from the organ concert being performed today. It wasn't MUSIC - it was painful, horrible sounds - no idea what genre this sound might be called. The only relief was the finale, the National Anthem, which was recognizable as music. Hopefully future concerts will be pleasant... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Exquisite combination of pipes for this last Sunday of 2013 concert. Unfortunately this combo performs only once a year. But the organ, whose installation will be celebrated in 2015, is a powerful monster played magnificently by Dr. Carol Williams. Plenty of seating and best of all--dogs are permitted! Concerts are every Sunday at 2 PM. Food available nearby, so you... More

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