San Diego International Summer Organ Festival

EVERY YEAR FROM LATE JUNE TO LABOR DAY

Mondays at 7:30pm · FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN IN MUSIC

JUNE 27th · 7:30PM

SAN DIEGO CIVIC ORGANIST OPENING NIGHT

Raúl Prieto Ramirez (organ) · Hanah Stuart (violin) · Jian Wang (violoncello) The first concert will feature works by female composers Fanny Mendelssohn and Amy Beach, plus some of Raúl's own organ transcriptions of Liszt, Strauss and Chopin (and Bach as well, of course!)

JULY 4th · MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA!

Jelani Eddington will perform as part of the American Theatre Organ Society’s National Convention in San Diego

JULY 11th · NICOLE KELLER

The Chicago Crusader calls Keller “…an aggressive player with outstanding technique and fine musical sensibilities…” Keller brings a breadth of musical experience as a concert artist. After her successful performance at the National Festival of the American Guild of Organists in 2021, she will now offer her first concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

JULY 18th · CHERRY RHODES

An organ professor at University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, Rhodes will perform a variety of works. During her brilliant career, she has toured extensively throughout the major music capitals of North America, Europe and Asia with recital and festival appearances in concert halls and cathedrals including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Center (New York City), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Royal Festival Hall (London) and Notre Dame (Paris).

JULY 25th · ISABELLE DEMERS

Known as the ‘diminutive dynamo,’ dazzling Canadian Organist Demers returns to the Spreckels Organ to showcase her incredible virtuosity and varied interpretations at this can’t miss event! The leading organist of Canada, with an international reputation, Demers holds the Joyce Bowden Chair in Organ at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal

AUGUST 1st · CHELSEA CHEN

an internationally renowned young American organist and composer, returns to her hometown Spreckels Organ for what might just be a night of “rare musicality” and “lovely lyrical grandeur” (LA Times). Expect a unique mix of traditional organ repertoire along with piano/orchestral transcriptions and contemporary music

AUGUST 8th · CAROLINE ROBINSON

Hailing from St. Philip in Atlanta, Robinson has been featured as a solo recitalist in many venues across the United States. Her playing has been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams LIVE,” and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. She is a prize winner at several distinguished organ competitions like Dublin International (2014) and the Albert Schweitzer (2010)

AUGUST 15th · AMANDA MOLLE

Credited as a rising star, Mole is quickly earning a reputation as one of the leading concert organists of her generation. Her performances have been described as “elegant, lucid” (The American Organist), and “having an excellent balance of technical accuracy, rhythm, and structure” (The Diapason)

AUGUST 22nd · DUO MusArt

María Teresa Sierra (piano) · Raúl Prieto Ramirez (organ)
Spanish piano virtuoso from Barcelona with several competition prizes, pianist Maria Teresa Sierra will join San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramirez for a concert widely demanded. The piano and organ duo will join forces presenting widely popular pieces like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Beethoven’s piano Concerto No.5 “The Emperor”. The concert features a display of virtuosity combining the power of the Spreckels Organ and the delicacy of a concert piano, provided by Steinway Piano Gallery of San Diego

AUGUST 29th · SILENT MOVIE NIGHT
CLARA GERDES

Clara Gerdes is quickly building an impressive career as a concert organist in the U.S. with widely successful concerts and energetic personality. This will be Gerdes’s debut concert at the Pavilion in Balboa Park. The program will include movies featuring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and some virtuoso solo pieces by Liszt, Duruflé and Dvôrak

SEPTEMBER 5th ·
LABOR DAY CLASSIC ROCK CONCERT

Featuring some of the best Rock musicians in San Diego, the Organ Pavilion Rock Band has set itself apart by delivering powerful performances of Rock classics with the unique sound provided by the Spreckels Organ. A mix of Rock and Classically-trained artists bring the Rock Classics to a new level. The concert will feature songs by Heart, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Tammi Tarrell and Marvin Gaye, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and more

THE ORGAN PAVILION ROCK BAND MEMBERS

joining San Diego Civic Organist

CHOLE LOU

Vocals

LAUREN LEIGH MARTIN

Vocals and guitar

WILLIAM FLEMING

Vocals

Richard "Tbone" Larson

Drums

Ben Zinn

Guitar

Harley Magssino

Bass guitar