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!!!