Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Does this help?

Yesterday I posted what one reader correctly identified as organ pipes.

These particular organ pipes are not inside a church, but rather the Spreckels Organ Pavilion - and we were inside the organ!

John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ, one of the world's largest outdoor pipe organs, to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition. This unique organ contains 4,530 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is housed in an ornate vaulted structure with highly embellished gables.

Since 1917, San Diego has had a civic organist, who performs free weekly Sunday concerts at 2:00pm.  Dr. Carol Williams has been the San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society in San Diego, California since 2001.

We happened to be walking through Balboa Park just after the concert ended (rats!) and the "inside" of the organ was available to tour.  How cool is that?!

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