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Virgil Fox
Birth: May 3, 1912
Princeton
Bureau County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1980
Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA

Musician. He gave recitals on practically every important organ in the world, and was the first non-German artist to perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. Perhaps the most daring concert Virgil Fox ever played was at the Mecca of rock music, New York's Fillmore East, where, in 1970, he gave an all-Bach program combined with a light show on the Rodgers Touring Organ. He expanded upon a practice he had begun years earlier of speaking to the audience from the stage, discussing the music and bringing a new dimension to his concerts. For nine years, "Heavy Organ" toured across the country to various cities, colleges, and festivals. Virgil Fox is credited with bringing the music of Bach to young people with an innovative and exciting style, although he often drew adverse criticism from some of his colleagues in the organ world and from those music critics who found his approach too flamboyant. Virgil Fox's final performance took place on September 26, 1980, at the opening concert of the Dallas Symphony's season. His life ended in 1980, following a four-year fight with cancer. Funeral services were held at his home in Palm Beach, Florida and at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California; and a memorial service was held at the Riverside Church, New York. 
 
Burial:
Pioneer Cemetery
Dover
Bureau County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 20, 2002
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Dear Virgil, Angel day blessings from our little group down South! We love you and miss you so much, even to this day. We continue our endeavors to introduce people to your music and magnificent faith. You are not only the greatest organist God created, b...(Read more)
- The Virgil Ladies Down South
 Added: Oct. 25, 2014
RIP
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Oct. 25, 2014
I thought the years would lessen my misery. Why did you have to leave,leaving now only this pain that does not subside,the tears in the night that do not end,but also memories only known to us and remembered forever until we meet again
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 24, 2014
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