The Spreckels Organ Modern society Offers Vacation Concert Webcast Sequence For 2020’s Strange Pandemic Celebration

Melissa M. Munoz

The Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez announce an enchanting sequence of getaway webcast concert events immediate from Balboa Park through the pandemic holiday seasons 2020.

Since March 2020, the historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion has been shut to in-individual audiences. On the other hand, in this time of isolation and concern, the Spreckels Organ Society, led by the huge inventive skills of Raúl Prieto Ramírez, has doubled down to present a window of hope by means of the finest songs of all time, set in and around the unparalleled splendor of San Diego’s beloved Balboa Park.

Thoroughly-generated, weekly on line live performance webcasts with commentary and reside chat are now accessed free of charge of cost all over the world on Sundays at 2 pm Pacific Time at sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

More details about the Spreckels Organ Culture can be uncovered at spreckelsorgan.org.

Holiday getaway Concert events

Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2:00 pm PST

Spreckels Organ Concert Webcast & Holiday getaway Sing-Alongside with Lauren Leigh!

The Spreckels Organ Culture offers San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez with featured movie star vocalist Lauren Leigh. Sing together to your favorite carols with Leigh, a Spreckels Organ viewers favourite, and be impressed by majestic classics and the highly effective overall performance of Prieto Ramírez on the superb Spreckels Organ — The biggest outdoor musical instrument in the earth! Tune in Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 pm Pacific Time on sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2:00 pm PST

Spreckels Organ Concert Webcast & Holiday Sing-Together with Marco Antonio Labastida!

The Spreckels Organ Culture offers San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez with highlighted visitor celebrity vocalist, tenor Marco Antonio Labastida. Feast on your favored Mexican Carols in the Castellano language, and be inspired by majestic classics and the strong performance of Prieto Ramírez on the wonderful Spreckels Organ — The biggest outdoor musical instrument in the environment! Tune in Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 pm Pacific Time on sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2:00 pm PST

Spreckels Organ Live performance Webcast & Holiday getaway Sing-Together with Tasha Koontz!

The Spreckels Organ Modern society presents San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez with showcased guest superstar vocalist Tasha Koontz. Bask in Koontz’s sumptuous, silvery soprano voice doing the magical new music of the holiday getaway, as nicely as majestic classics and the highly effective general performance of Prieto Ramírez on the magnificent Spreckels Organ — The most significant outdoor musical instrument in the planet! Tune in Sunday, Dec. 27 at 2 pm Pacific Time on sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2:00 pm PST –

Spreckels Organ Vienna Type New Year’s Concert Webcast

Ring in the New 12 months with a Vienna Model New Year’s Live performance! A extensive-time custom in Balboa Park, this year’s Spreckels Organ Concert by San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will characteristic preferred Waltzes and Polkas by the Strauss household additionally well known operates by Bach and Handel, launched by playful displays from configurations all all-around San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park. Tune in Wednesday, Jan 1 at 2:00 pm at sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

All through the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez has artfully pivoted from reside concerts to fully-developed online video webcasts that are enjoyed by a globally audience each Sunday at 2:00 pm PST (5 pm EST, 10, 22:00 GMT) on sandiegoconcerts.org or balboaparkconcerts.org.

Raúl Prieto Ramírez is a rock star of the organ environment with a effective individuality and passionate expressiveness. His pleasure is making excellent new music exciting and available for absolutely everyone, and he is recognised for being one particular of the couple of concert organists to complete from memory. Critics have praised his performances at significant venues all in excess of the planet as “basically awe-inspiring,” “electrifying,” “colossally proficient,” and “fearless.”

The terrific Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park is the world’s largest outside musical instrument. The Spreckels Organ Society, along with the Town of San Diego, produces free-yr-round concert events by earth-class organists. The organ, produced in 1914 by the Austin Organ Enterprise, functions a remarkable wander-in air upper body and was put in in a pavilion created by architect Harrison Albright. The perseverance of the Spreckels Organ introduced the Panama-California Exposition on Dec. 31, 1914, and the Spreckels Organ has performed consistently considering that then.

Sunlight. Dec. 13: For the past seven yrs, Lauren Leigh has produced a name for herself as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, session singer, and hired gun primarily based in San Diego, CA. Just before the four horsemen of the apocalypse introduced their wrath to 2020, Lauren recorded and launched a 5 tune EP entitled Flare at the commencing of the calendar year. She fronts Lauren Leigh and the Small Keys (soul, funk, R&B, pop), and Wild Heart (typical place), and performs commonly in duo structure with regional guitar legends, Sam Hunt, Ben Zinn, and Joshua Taylor. As a member of the tribute band Pink Froyd, Lauren was ready to tour Canada in 2019, opening for Foreigner and featured singing the Floyd vocal juggernaut “Wonderful Gig in the Sky.” Lauren can be found singing guide and backing vocals for numerous assignments, like Analog Project (soul/funk), Significant Tide Modern society (yacht rock), Blessed Devils (corporate/best 40), and Mud Slide Slim (James Taylor/Carole King tribute), visitor vocals for Back again To The Yard (Laurel Canyon tribute) and frequently presents uncomfortable dance moves and backing vocals for the Jonny Tarr Quintet (dance/pop). www.laurenleighmusic.com

Sunday, Dec. 20: Marco Antonio Labastida, tenor, was born in Tijuana, Baja California, and is one particular of the most critical binational artists of the past 35 yrs. He has sung along with worldwide figures such as Encarnación Vázquez, Fernando de La Mora, José Medina, Javier Bátiz, Rodrigo de la Cadena, Doris, Clayton, Lorenzo Negrete and Mariachi Vargas to title a couple. He has also done in numerous recitals and concerts all through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Labastida has also participated in various operas, this sort of as: La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Romeo and Juliet, Elixir of Enjoy, La Canterina with the Tijuana Opera and the globe premiere opera Serafina and Arcangela by Enrique Gonzalez Medina in Los Angeles. He has been invited to be portion of the Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah Coronation Mass by Mozart, Misa Criolla, Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez and Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, and Zarzuela which includes the premiere of Luisa Fernanda in Southern California, carried out by the composer’s son Federico Moreno-Torroba Jr. In the summertime of 2007, Labastida executed in “Opera en la Calle” with the Tijuana Opera, and in an Argentinian-Mexican production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Tijuana Cultural Centre. In 2006, Tybalt marks his debut with Centre Stage Opera. In 2008, Labastida sang Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor in co-manufacturing with the Tijuana Opera and the Palace of Wonderful Arts of Mexico Town. His repertoire also features common Mexican new music, as effectively as Latin American, French, German and Italian songs. Mr. Labastida has been regarded in the Hall of Fame and Stars in Tijuana. He proceeds doing in the course of México and in the Usa as nicely as instructing voice privately. www.mlabastida.com

Sunday, Dec. 27: Tasha Koontz is acknowledged by Parterre Box for her “sumptuous, gleaming lyric instrument” and by Opera Wire for her “secure silvery significant notes,” soprano Tasha Koontz is an artist garnering interest from coastline to coast. Ms.Koontz lends her one of a kind mixture of nuanced and vocally fascinating performances to a gallery of foremost girls in her repertoire. In the 2019/20 year, Ms. Koontz sang the soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Desire with the San Diego Symphony, carried out the purpose of the Substantial Priestess in Verdi’s Aïda with the San Diego Opera, executed as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the San Diego Competition Chorus & Orchestra, and done Barber’s Knoxville: Summertime of 1915 with the California Chamber Orchestra. Not long ago, Ms.Koontz was listened to on the WFMT radio broadcast of past season’s general performance of Aïda with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in which she sang High Priestess. Ms.Koontz recently had the pleasure of masking Ana Maria Martinez in the purpose of Mimì in Puccini’s La Boheme in a groundbreaking push in opera production by San Diego Opera in October 2020. Because of to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms.Koontz’s approaching engagements have been postponed. These bundled solo engagements to sing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, recital appearances, and opera performances. Ms.Koontz will upcoming look with San Diego Opera to sing Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica in 2021. www.tashakoontz.com

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