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Welcome to our twenty-fourth Summer International Organ Festival in beautiful Balboa Park. You are about to experience outstanding performances from a wide array of artists. Many come from positions you have heard about, but never heard their music. We will hear younger artists on their way up, and seasoned performers who have established reputations. Some feature the classics, others theater-style music. All are superbly trained and will give you an evening of musical enjoyment.
This festival marks the 24th year of the Spreckels Organ Society. Since 1988 our volunteer Board of Trustees has worked hard to develop each year memorable programs and preserve and promote this magnificent instrument. We continue to be grateful for the foresight and generosity of John D. and Adolph Spreckels who donated this fabulous organ and pavilion – the only installation of its kind in the world. It is hard to believe that at one point in time the Committee of 100 had to fight to keep this pavilion from being turned into a parking lot; we remain grateful for their tenacity and generosity to preserve this area for future generations.
A warm welcome home to those who have made this concert series part of your annual summer plans, enjoying these brilliant artists from around the world in this gorgeous setting. For those just discovering the concert series it is important to note that none of this would be possible without the generous and diligent support of our members from around the world, grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources.
If you are not a member, please join this non-profit organization during this Festival. We currently have 1,000 members from 32 states and 6 countries helping to preserve,
program and promote this organ. Your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive discounts on our numerous items in the gift shop.