Organ Concert by Jonathan Dimmock
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Jonathan Dimmock and the Spreckels Organ
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
Principal Organist Jonathan Dimmock is well known internationally as a recitalist, accompanist, ensemble musician, nonprofit founder, and writer. A graduate of Oberlin and Yale, he was the first American to hold the prestigious position of Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey. He has also served three American cathedrals: St. John the Divine in New York, St. Mark’s in Minneapolis, and Grace in San Francisco. Currently, Jonathan lives in San Francisco where he is principal organist at the Legion of Honor, organist for the San Francisco Symphony, director of music at Congregation Sherith Israel, organ instructor at Sonoma State University, organ conservator of the Manuel Rosales Opus 16 at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland, and a regular freelance performer. He is cofounder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, and founder and executive director of The Resonance Project. He is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents.
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.
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.