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Do Duke students care about Bach?

(08/26/19 4:00am)

Duke University Chapel houses one of the finest pipe organs in the United States. Built by the legendary Flentrop Orgelbouw of Zaandam, The Netherlands, the mammoth instrument dominates the great arch separating the narthex and the nave of the neo-gothic building. The Flentrop is a tracker-action instrument that contains 5,033 speaking pipes controlled by four manual keyboards and pedal. It has a flat-head V8, two four-barrel carburators, solid valve-lifters, short-stack headers, and a toploader four-in-the-floor transmission. 

Over 50 years of Chapel bells

(08/20/18 4:00am)

It was in the gloaming at Duke University in late fall of 1966. There was a wet chill in the air, most of the trees were leafless, and a low cloud cover added to the gloom. I was trudging across West Campus from my freshman dorm to the library, overburdened with a load of books and overwhelmed by the pressures of a demanding university. My small-town school had not prepared me for the academic rigor at Duke, nor had my home life hardened me for living on a few hours of sleep a night. I was struggling, scared, worn down, and mindful that flunking out of school could result in a trip at government expense to the exotic landscape of Southeast Asia.