The de Young and Legion of Honor are temporarily closed to the public. There will be no events taking place on-site at the de Young or the Legion of Honor through June 30. With the focus on the health and safety of our visitors and staff members, the Fine Arts Museums have made this decision to align with local and federal guidelines and social distancing recommendations for the containment of the coronavirus.
The Legion of Honor’s Spreckels Organ is a spectacular musical instrument created by one of America's most distinguished organ builders. View extraordinary art as you listen to a free concert; schedule outlined below. While limited seating is available, the concerts are designed to be enjoyed in many different parts of the museum and we encourage you to explore the collection as you listen to the music.
Principal organist Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, accompanist, ensemble musician, non-profit founder and writer. A graduate of Oberlin and Yale, he has the unique privilege to have been the only American Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey; he has also served three American cathedrals: St. John the Divine (New York), St. Mark’s (Minneapolis), and Grace (San Francisco). Jonathan lives in San Francisco, where, for over twelve years, he was Music Director at St. Ignatius Church (the largest Jesuit church in the United States) and where he is currently Principal Organist at the California Palace of 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 (Oakland), and a regular freelance performer. He is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents.
Mr. Dimmock has recorded more than fifty CDs and can be heard on the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. In addition to numerous listings on YouTube, as well as all other online music sites, he has been interviewed and featured on numerous radio and television stations including National Public Radio, Radio France, BBC3, ABC (Australia), MTV2 (Budapest), BCC (Barbados), and SABC (South Africa). His teachers and mentors include Olivier Messiaen, Gillian Weir, Simon Preston, Jean Langlais, Peter Hallock, Haskell Thomson, William Porter, Thomas Murray, Ton Koopman, Harald Vogel, J. Franklin Clark, Paul Halley, Naji Hakim, and Frédéric Blanc.
He is co-founder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE), and Founder and Executive Director of The Resonance Project – which uses music in international conflict resolution. He is a certified teacher of Meditation in Daily Stress, a practice designed by Michel Pascal and the Dalai Lama, and is deeply committed to healing our world through the beauty of music.
On select weekends, guest organists Angela Kraft Cross, John Walko, and David Hegarty will perform in place of Principal Organist Jonathan Dimmock. Please visit the calendar for details on the program and performer for each week.
The Legion of Honor Spreckels Organ concerts are made possible with support from the Joseph G. Bradley Charitable Foundation.