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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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Address: 1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Phone Number: +1 619-702-8138
10:00 - 14:00
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The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This...

The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city of San Diego on January 1, 1914. Come visit for a free concert every Sunday at 2pm and afterwards you are invited inside the building to view the pipe chambers and historic photo gallery.

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Venue for music performance and splendur backdrop of spanish art

This attraction is in Balboa park and the time I visited is location for celebrating Christmas with big tall lighted Christmas tree and stage for art and music performance. It was... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This attraction is in Balboa park and the time I visited is location for celebrating Christmas with big tall lighted Christmas tree and stage for art and music performance. It was very crowded on December night festival with locals and tourists. There was longline for restroom,esp.women.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Completely unexpected pleasure of an afternoon recital 'America the Beautiful!' By Martin Green, organist. Unique outdoor experience!

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Highland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We love going to the Pavilion to hear various concerts and performances. Nice outdoor location with lots to do!

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

While visiting Balboa Park on Sunday afternoon, we got to the organ area during a concert. What a great surprise! Beautiful music and stunning organ. Last song of the concert was the National Anthem. Touching. It's worth to find online times of concerts and watch them!

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Estes Park, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful concert on a Sunday afternoon from the largest pipe organ in the world ! Musical battle by the organist between Bach and Handel. Professionally and perfectly performed. The organist compared Handel's joyful music to Bach's more somber collections. The audience voted by means of clapping that Bach was their favorite.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

It is a large outdoor theatre with extensive seating and an enclosed stage that houses the worlds largest outdoor pipe organ 9not on display when we visited). it would be an impressive place for an organ concertnwhich is conducted every sunday from 2.00 -3.00 PM and it is free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We visited Balboa Park on a hot day and thoroughly enjoyed a lovely hour long concert on the organ. The performance included a mixture of music and really showed off the capabilities of this fine 4 console instrument. PS- on a hot day you really need the sunshades that are for hire ($2) which means you need to position yourself... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

On a hot Sunday afternoon, I took family to Balboa Park to the Organ Pavillion. Mgt provides $2 beach-umbrella rentals, and they were a god-send, because most of the comfortable seating (benches with backs) was necessarily in the sun. The pieces played ranged from Bach to very modern, and I enjoyed all of them. My family liked the experience too,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This is a huge outdoor pipe organ. There are free concerts in the park every Sunday. I highly recommend going

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, located in Balboa Park, offers a delightful one hour organ recital every Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM throughout the year. During the summer, a weekly two hour performance is offered every Monday evening, starting at 7:30 PM. The venue attracts both local and visiting guest performers who offer a variety of musical pieces. The Spreckels... More 

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