Friday, January 30, 2015

San Diego-Spreckels Open Air Organ-Day 6

     




                     When doing my research on what to do in San Diego, I ran across something about a free organ concert in Balboa Park.  Sharon was doing a bit of her own checking and thought it sounded interesting as well.  So we decided to venture to the park and see what it was all about.
When we arrived at this gorgeous OUTDOOR venue, we were both quite surprised!!!  The Italian-Renaissance architecture was breath-taking and there on the open stage sat an organ!   This organ  built in 1914 is 75’ high and consists of 73 ranks totaling 4,518 pipes!  It is one of the world’s largest open-air pipe organs.  President Teddy Roosevelt even spoke there in July of 1915.  After a period of nonuse during WWII and quite a bit of renovation and expansion, now as many as 2,500 people can enjoy a variety of concerts there. 
OK...I'm a funky tree lover!!!


You can see 2 of the esteemed pet
 members...one on stage and one
in the audience!

     Today, Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams gave a spectacular performance!  In 2001 she was the first woman appointed to this position.  Her concerts take her around the world.  This coming Sunday, Feb. 1st, the grandchildren of the original VonTrapp family singers from the Sound of Music will be performing at this wonderful historic venue.  Feb. 15th the “Bark in Balboa Park” benefiting the Humane Society of San Diego will celebrate its 10th anniversary.  The Pet Parade will be followed by opportunities for adoption!  I think that is so cool!  Pets can actually be members of the Spreckels Organ Society!  There were several members there today!!!  Every Sunday, regardless of weather, a free concert is offered!  What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!!!

1 comment:

  1. I was simply amazed at the architecture of this absolutely beautiful venue!! The environment was unbelievable. I was fortunate enough to visit venues for events like this, we found awesome things one after another after another.

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