Posted December 6, 2014
Edward and Mary Loiuse Curtis Bok were great patrons of the Aeolian Company and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and were close friends with Leopold Stokowski.  In 1925, Stokowski recorded his signature work, Bach's Pasacaglia and Fugue in C minor, on a DuoArt roll as a Christmas gift for the Boks.  Only one copy of this roll was cut.  That roll, now in the Stokowski archives, is too fragile to be played on a DuoArt machine.  However, in the 1980's, the late John Farnsworth made an electronic copy of the roll.  This copy passed to Charles Kegg, who made it available to me in the summer fo 2000.  Together we carefully reconstructed John Farnsworth's electronic system, then transferred the performance onto the Orci performance recording system.  In September of 2000, the performance was heard for the first time in decades at a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Orchestra held at a private home equipped with and Aeolian DuoArt organ.  Using the Orci system, the performance has been adapted to play on a number of other instruments, includingthe Dobson organ at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia. 

In October and November of 2014, the Stokowski performance was presented in four 'live' performances on the Dobson Organ at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra's month-long festival Celebrate the Art of the Pipe Organ.