In honor of World AIDS Day, a quartet of ASO musicians gave a free concert for care providers, staff, and patients at Grady Ponce de Leon Center Monday afternoon.
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What’s your favorite part of the holidays? If it’s the festive music, you’re in luck!
The ASO is taking over Midtown throughout December, as ASO members will be giving FREE holiday performances all around town. The Peachtree String Quartet and the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet are just a couple of the fantastic ensembles bringing holiday cheer throughout the community. Celebrate the season with the ASO during the following one-hour concerts:
The ASO Midtown takeover is made possible by the Community Engagement Program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit www.aso.org/community.
On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) launched its first Kickstarter campaign. The campaign’s goal was to raise $5,000 to catalog, research, and digitize video and audio tapes, photos, and print materials from the ASO Archives. Here are a few updates on how this successful fundraising campaign has revived important pieces of the ASO’s history!
Bob Scarr, ASO Archives Program Manager, worked with VTA — a company based out of Atlanta that offers video production, post production, video editing, color correction, archival, video transfer, website design, and graphic design — to restore three different archival recordings featuring former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw.
These particular archival recordings were deemed important because of their abilities to be transferred into digital files, and also because some of the footage was in an “endangered format.” As time goes by, it is becoming increasingly difficult to digitize this footage because the necessary technology is no longer manufactured and the equipment is becoming scarce.
To properly preserve these great moments in musical history, VTA proposed the following ideas:
The following is a write-up from Bob Castro, an editor at VTA, about the successful transfer of some of this footage:
The two-inch audio tape was transferred successfully to files and contains a December 1977 profile of Robert Shaw that was designed to play during the intermission of an ASO Christmas concert. I hope the ASO can locate the corresponding picture; it sounds like an interesting featurette and should be put back together if possible.
Instead of timecode on track 24, the ASO engineer recorded video vertical drive on that tape as an audio signal. Luckily, I remembered reading about that technique (invented by the Boston Pops) and we ended up running a long cable from the video room into the audio control room and phased up the signals mechanically since neither of us has a video resolving box.
From the sound on track one, Robert Shaw wore a wireless during rehearsal and sang along with the choir while giving directions. The host of the 14-minute piece was Dave Michaels and mentioned that the ASO performed at the Inaugural Concert in Jan. 1977 for Jimmy Carter.
These items will be available to the public via the ASO Archive Listening/Viewing room at the ASO Offices. Any individuals interested in viewing the videos should contact Bob Scarr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without the help of our generous donors, preserving valuable ASO history like this would not be possible. Thank you for your support!