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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.
February 21, 2014
Date: Monday, June 23 2014
Time: 1:00 PM   Join us for lunch at 11:45
70 Colchester St Brookline MA    "Longwood" T stop on the Green line, "D-Riverside" branch

Organist Maury A. Castro is whipping up a tour through time in the Hook organs of Sears Chapel and Church of Our Savior.  We will hear these instruments intheir 'period' context, but more importantly, we will hear these instruments as part of vital 21st century music programs at thriving churches.

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February 16, 2014

Maury A. Castro, CAGO, is music director and organist at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he plays an historic 2-manual, 21 rank, ca. 1852 Stevens (East Cambridge, Mass.) pipe organ, rebuilt by George Bozeman in 1992. He oversees choirs of adults, children, and bells, and maintains an active concert series. He has served in similar positions in California, Michigan, and New York. He holds the Master of Sacred Music in Organ Performance from Boston University (2008). While there, he studied organ with Peter Sykes and choral conducting with Miguel Felipe. Previous organ teachers include Richard Clark and Del Case. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Andrews University.

In addition, Mr. Castro is the Advertising Manager for the American Guild of Organists, which includes overseeing all aspects of print advertising as related to The American Organist magazine, as well as online advertising on the national website.

Mr. Castro is ecstatically married to his wife, Kerén, an elementary school language arts teacher. They have three lovely daughters, Delia, Chiara, and Gabrielle.