I going to echo someone else and ask that this please be recorded and shared
with us who are confined to the outback. Tom - is your recent talk posted

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] ARSC NYC Chapter - Dennis Rooney featured at April
Meeting Next Thursday April 16

ARSC New York Chapter
APRIL 2015 Meeting

7 P. M. Thursday, 4/16/15
at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center
West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York or enter at 138th Street off
Convent Avenue Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) - Recital Hall  (Room 95,
Basement level) An elevator is located in the center of the building

The Columbia Recordings of Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra, 1940-1947 Presented by DENNIS D. ROONEY

From January 1940 to November 1947, Columbia recorded the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra. The sessions in Pittsburgh, first in Carnegie Music Hall
and then in Syria Mosque, were interrupted for nearly three years by the
"Petrillo Ban" (1942-44), which coincided with an orchestra shorn of some 
of its best players due to wartime military service.   Recordings resumed in
early 1945, and 
continued at regular intervals each season thereafter. The final Reiner/PSO
recording, Strauß's Ein Heldenleben, like all of its predecessors, was
mastered on 16.5-in. lacquer discs rotating at 33-1/3 rpm, the same speed as
the Columbia Lp, which was launched only a few months later. By that time,
Reiner had departed Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

These Pittsburgh Symphony recordings were the first made under his own name
by Reiner (1888-1963) who rebuilt the orchestra after his arrival in 1938
from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. 
Building on the reorganizing work of his predecessor, Otto Klemperer, Reiner
profited from the availability of many émigré players fleeing war and
fascism, enabling him to quickly improve the orchestra's personnel. This
program will be part of a survey of all the Pittsburgh Symphony recordings
to be presented at ARSC's National Conference in Pittsburgh in late May,
This evening's program will offer an expanded sampling of the PSO Columbias
in the best sounding available source: 
original 78rpm shellac, Lp reissues and Masterworks Heritage CD reissues,
the latter produced directly from the original lacquer masters.

Dennis Rooney's collecting career began when Harry Truman was in the White
House. His interest in recordings followed him through subsequent careers in
broadcasting, writing and audio production. He produced many reissues for
Sony Classical, the most significant of which was the award-winning
Masterworks Heritage Line. As a producer and consultant to the record
industry, he has contributed to many important CD reissues of historic
recordings. As a member of ARSC, he has been a frequent presenter at
conferences and workshops, is Classical Music Judge of the Book Awards
Panel, a member of the Technical Committee since 1996, the Steering
Committee of ARSC's New York chapter since 2008, and reviews books and
recordings for the ARSC Journal. He regularly contributes features and
reviews to THE STRAD and is an occasional contributor to BBC Music Magazine,
Classic Record Collector, American Record Guide and

Our next program will be on May 21, 2015 Guest speaker, Al Schlachtmeyer,
will present excerpts from U.N. Day and Human Rights Day Concerts, and
discuss the work involved in preserving and digitizing the World Body's
audio documents. The program was originally presented at the 2014 ARSC
National Conference in Chapel Hill, NC

Subway: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to
140th St. & Broadway, then go east to 140th St. & Convent Avenue. Take the
A, B, C, or D trains to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St, (one
long block), then west one block to Convent Avenue, and south one more block
to 140th & Convent Avenue.
Bus: M4 and M5 on Broadway; M 100, 101 on Amsterdam Ave. (one block West of
Convent Avenue) 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!

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