ARSC New York Chapter
OCTOBER 2014 Meeting
7:00 P. M. Thursday, 10/16/14
Meeting will take place at the NY Philharmonic Archives, Rose Building,
(see directions below)
AN EVENING AT THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ARCHIVES
Join us to learn about the recently completed GRAMMY Foundation Grant
project to digitize and preserve 52 hours from mostly fragile glass-based
lacquer coated discs documenting 36 unique live radio broadcasts from 1932
to 1948. We will discuss the project challenges and successes, talk about
the significance of these broadcasts, and listen to excerpts from this
newly accessible cache of recordings not heard since their original
transmissions over the CBS network six to eight decades ago.
The discs, which hold the only surviving audio records of these particular
concerts, were carefully conserved, digitized and restored by Seth B.
Winner Studios. After remaining untouched in the Archives for 20 years,
these recordings are now available to the public at the Philharmonic
Archives and at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts. A number
of the recordings preserved as part of this project came from Seth B.
Winner’s own personal collection. Some of the recorded highlights include
the only prime sounding source of Bronislaw Huberman performing the Brahms
Violin Concerto on January 23, 1944, a piece that he had performed as a
10-year old prodigy in the presence of the composer in 1892; the N.Y.
Philharmonic Broadcast debut of William Kapell performing Rachmaninoff’s
Second Piano Concerto on June 18, 1944 with Fritz Reiner conducting; the
only known complete source of Vladimir Horowitz performing Rachmaninoff’s
Third Piano Concerto on April 23, 1944, with Artur Rodzinski conducting and
Isaac Stern’s first performance with the Philharmonic on August 6, 1944,
the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Dmitri Mitropoulos conducting. Also
included are several performances featuring Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter,
and Issay Dobrowen from 1932-34; these audio artifacts are among the
earliest surviving broadcasts in the archives. Hosts for this meeting will
be Barbara Haws, Archivist of the N.Y. Philharmonic, and Mitchell Brodsky,
its Digital Archives Manager, and will be held at the Philharmonic
archives, NOT at our usual location at CCNY.
*RESERVATIONS: Since only 30 guests can be admitted to the Archives for
this event, reservations are necessary. Contact Seth B. Winner
([log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> or (516) 771-0028
<%28516%29%20771-0028>) on or before Monday, October 13th. First come,
first served. Your name must be on the attendance list to be admitted.*
*DIRECTIONS TO THE PHILHARMONIC ARCHIVES: The Philharmonic Archives is
located on the fourth floor of the Rose Building at Lincoln Center. From
Broadway, walk west on the north side of 65th street. After the main
entrance to Juilliard, you’ll see a stairway going up marked “ROSE”. An
elevator to that level is available by walking farther down 65th Street.
Because of security regulations and registration for this event, those
attending are requested to meet in the lobby of the Rose Building, where
they will be escorted to the archives. Arrival time is suggested between
6:30 PM to slightly before 7:00 PM. *
OUR NEXT PROGRAM WILL BE ON November 20, 2014
Shepard Hall, Room 95, at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center West 140th Street &
Convent Avenue, New York
A centennial tribute to Jorge Bolet
November 15 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the
Cuban-American pianist, Jorge Bolet. One of the last examples of a true
Romantic pianist, Bolet’s playing at his best was both unique and profound
(the Russian pianist Emil Gilels once referred to him as “the greatest
pianist in the Western hemisphere.”) To celebrate this milestone, Jon M.
Samuels and Joseph Patrych will discuss his life and art, and play numerous
examples from his recorded legacy.
The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
in Music with a concentration in Music and Audio Technology. Their program
provides an in-depth curriculum emphasizing real-world skills with a
project-based approach. Students enjoy a well-rounded program, with
emphasis on audio technology, music theory, orchestration, and history to
help them compete in a field that today demands an ever-growing and highly
diverse skill set.
All ARSC NY Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!
To join ARSC, visit http://www.arsc-audio.org