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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
619 702 8138
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Owner description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams...
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
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San Diego CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My dog and I love to stroll through beautiful Balboa Park on a Sunday afternoon after his trip to one of the site's three dog parks and stop by the concert at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The concerts are high quality, often with guests who are well-known nationally or internationally. Concerts are themed programs that show off the fantastic organ capabilities,... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Rushed to San Diego in time to hear the 2 pm Sunday concert. It was beautiful to hear the one hour concert, which had a special spin due to Veteran's day. We had gone for movie night before and that was incredible. I learned that you need to leave extra time to park and walk because parking was hard to... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This Pavilion is an incredible out-of-doors auditorium with a magnificent organ. When concerts are provided (see schedules online), the experience is remarkable. This is a common site for graduations for high schools and colleges in San Diego. Any visit to Balboa Park should include a visit to this famous organ pavilion.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had looked forward to this outdoor organ concert and was not disappointed! The weather was great (in October) and the massive organ sound was impressive. I would recommend a hat and sunglasses or an umbrella because you do sit in the sun. I really enjoyed it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Largest pipe organ in the world, enjoyed the expert player and the expert information about the organ itself. Pipes from the size of a pencil to 32 feet long.

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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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