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Organ Concert by David Hegarty

May 28, 2022, 4:00 pm5:00 pm
hands playing on an organ keyboard

Jonathan Dimmock and the Spreckels Organ

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View extraordinary art as you listen to a free organ concert at 4 pm every Saturday that the Legion of Honor museum is open.

About the Organist

David Hegarty is currently in his 40th year as principal organist of San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. He also plays pre-film concerts at the Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto, and has been playing monthly concerts at the Legion of Honor since 1998. As an avid film music researcher, he specializes in writing and performing transcriptions and arrangements of the music from Hollywood’s Golden Age. David was an organ performance major at Loma Linda University (BA), Andrews University (MMus), and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati (two years of doctoral studies in organ performance). He is a prolific composer, arranger, and editor, having served on the staff of Lorenz Publishing Company, during which time he was editor of The Sacred Organ Journal. He is also published with Hal Leonard Publications, Sheet Music Magazine, Broadman Press, and Hegarty Music Press. As a concert artist, David has appeared in such venues as Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, the Crystal Cathedral, San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, and Davies Symphony Hall.

About the Spreckels Organ

The Legion of Honor's magnificent pipe organ was built in 1924 by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company of Boston and is one of the few indoor/outdoor organs ever made. It was given to the museum for its opening in 1924 by John D. Spreckels in honor of his brother Adolph who cofounded the museum with his wife Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. The instrument represents the peak of Ernest M. Skinner's (1866–1960) philosophical approach to organ music. Classically, organ builders seek to emphasize the clarity necessary for counterpoint (separate voices moving in conjunction with each other, typical of the music of Bach). Skinner, however, championed the romantic ideal, reproduction of the rich, full sound of an entire orchestra, capturing its bold symphonic layering of strings, horns, reeds, and even percussion. The sound is meant to resonate in a nondirectional manner, creating a musical quality that seems to float, saturating the space with its presence.

Ticket Information

Free after museum admission. No additional ticket required. Seating is limited on a first-come first-served basis. Every Saturday, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers free general admission to all residents of the six Bay Area counties.

Contact Information

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