Spreckles Organ Society spreading the holiday spirit with Christmas concerts


See + Do Collaborations with La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, San Diego Opera, San Diego Ballet and local rockstar Lauren Leigh Martin

Wednesday 8 December 20210



Spreckels Organ Society, a non-profit organization hosting concerts and performances in the heart of Balboa Park, kicks off the holiday season with three free collaborative performances with world-class artists on December 5, 11 and 12.

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the world’s largest outdoor musical instrument, provides a unique experience for guests in the beautiful setting of the Balboa Park open-air hall.

Sunday December 5 at 2 p.m.

Free admission
(Free and open to the public)

Hosted by the Spreckels Organ Society, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS & C) will celebrate its first performance to a live audience since February 2020, with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, the “Heroic”. The event will begin with a virtuoso organ performance, featuring San Diego civic organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez, followed by LJS & C performing Beethoven’s Symphony, No.3, Op. 55, the “Eroica”, conducted by Steven Schick, musical director of LJS & C Molli & Arthur Wagner. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will be joined by students from the orchestras of San Diego State University (SDSU).

Saturday December 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Free admission
(Free and open to the public)

Already a tradition in town, San Diego civic organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will once again be joined by the San Diego Opera and the San Diego Ballet for a celebratory Christmas concert, with selections from Handel’s Messiah, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Christmas Carols from Around the World. Come celebrate Christmas in the heart of Balboa Park!

Sunday December 12 at 2 p.m.

Free admission
(Free and open to the public)

San Diego Civic Organist Christmas Carol with guest artist Lauren Leigh Martin. Audiences are invited to the stage for an all-inclusive carol of favorite Christmas carols led by San Diego rock star Lauren Leigh Martin with the world’s largest outdoor musical instrument commissioned by San Diego civic organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez.

All concerts on the Spreckels organ are free to the public in accordance with the 1915 deed of donation by which brothers John and Adolph Spreckels donated the organ and pavilion to the city of San Diego. For more information visit here.

See you there, San Diego!


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