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Virgil Fox

  • Birth 3 May 1912 Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 25 Oct 1980 Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Dover, Bureau County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 6794702

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.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Cole Shooter
  • Added: 20 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6794702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virgil Fox (3 May 1912–25 Oct 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6794702, citing Pioneer Cemetery, Dover, Bureau County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .