A free tribute concert aimed at raising awareness and donating for Ukrainian war refugees will be performed at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on Saturday.
“A Music Tribute to Peace, Dignity & Democracy,” organized by the Spreckels Organ Society and supported by the San Diego Diplomacy Council, will take place at 5:30 p.m. All donations received at the concert will be used to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. through the USA operation. Donations can also be made through the Society’s concert website at balboaparkconcerts.org/concert-for-peace.
San Diego civic organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will perform. Also present are soprano Laynee Dell Woodward, mezzo-soprano Sarah-Nicole Carter and baritone Michael Sokol, as well as the Organ Pavilion Rock Band, with singers Chloe Lou and Lauren Leigh Martin, bassist Kenseth Tibideau, drummer Richard “T-Bone” Larson, and guitarist Ben Zinn. The band will perform classic songs from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC.
“This concert is a call for peace without political affiliation,” Prieto Ramírez said in a statement. “We see current events as an opportunity to call for human dignity and peace. When JD Spreckels donated the organ to the city of San Diego, it was not just a tool for entertainment, but a tool to nurture every human soul with deeper and more delicate emotions to develop our human values.
Operation USA has launched a dedicated campaign to raise funds for the more than 3 million Ukrainians who have fled their country since the Russian invasion. The money is being disbursed as emergency cash grants to community partners in Poland and other neighboring countries that have been overwhelmed by the influx of refugees.
The Society organizes weekly concerts every Sunday at 2 p.m. From last Sunday and until the end of the crisis in Ukraine, the concerts will begin with the Ukrainian national anthem. Prieto Ramirez will also dress in the Ukrainian colors of blue and gold.
All concerts at the Spreckels Organ – which is the oldest outdoor pipe organ in the world – are free to the public in accordance with the act written by industrial brothers John and Adolph Spreckels. They donated the organ and pavilion to the city of San Diego as part of the then newly constructed Balboa Park for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. An organ concert in the illuminated pavilion kicked off from the show at midnight on December 31, 1914, and it has been played continuously ever since. For more information, visit www.balboaparkconcerts.org.