By Deb Flomberg
Did you know that one of the world’s largest outdoor musical instruments is also within a short drive of Lost Angeles? Pack up the whole family next Sunday and take a trip to the Spreckels Outdoor Organ Pavilion for a great family-friendly outing that is also educational.
The Spreckels Organ was a gift to the “people of San Diego” and “the people of all the world” by John D. Spreckles and his brother Adloph. The brothers were wealthy sons of sugar magnate Claus Spreckels, owner of Spreckels Sugar Company. In 1914, they donated both the organ and the pavilion that serves as the location and performance space for an amount estimated at $100,000. The Pavilion was designed by architect Harrison Albright, who had also designed the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego.
When you arrive at the pavilion, you’ll notice that it has an Italian-Renaissance feel, with a semi-circle layout and large stage. Though the stage was actually doubled and the fountain was added in 1935. The famous organ has 4,518 pipes and 73 ranks and was built by Austin Organs, Inc.
Why suggest a Sunday trip to the Spreckels Organ? Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. the Spreckels Organ Society hosts a free concert at the Pavilion. Most concerts feature Dr. Carol Williams, the first female civic organist in the world. During the summer, the concert series expands and you can often catch a show during the week as well. Overall, the Spreckels Organ attracts more than 100,000 people every year and proudly offers the concerts free of charge year-round.
This is a perfect excuse to head out in your GL450 4Matic SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. With an SUV this roomy, you have plenty of room for the entire family, and all those snacks and car toys that your children insist on traveling with. It is the perfect auto for a trip to the Spreckels Organ.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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