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By joining the ASO Archives digitization project, you will bring to life nearly 69 years of history of this great orchestra. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 2, 2013.

By joining the ASO Archives digitization project, you will bring to life nearly 69 years of history of this great orchestra.

About this project

WHO WE ARE:

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), currently in its 68th season, is one of America’s leading Orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, educates, and engages music lovers. The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, world-renowned choruses, and impressive list of 27 GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Archives was established in May 2013 to identify, collect, and make available information and records created by the Orchestra and all of its affiliated groups and programs. The Archives holds information from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 68 seasons and beyond with more than 300 linear feet of materials, including audio recordings, photos, press clippings, concert programs, videos, and much more. There is one major problem, though: only a very small portion of this material is digitized. What’s left is deteriorating fast and will soon be lost to the world. This is where you come in.

WHAT YOU’RE SUPPORTING:

Your donation will enable the ASO Archives to purchase technology necessary to convert three videos of the Orchestra led by world-renowned former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw into digital form. These important historical videos, dating back as early as 1970, will be lost forever if not converted to digital form quickly, as very limited technology still supports this type of conversion.

Additionally, donations will support the purchase of a scanner that will allow the Archives to digitize more than one thousand photographs of some of the world’s best musicians who have graced the stage with the Orchestra and Chorus, including Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland, to name just a few. All of these photos will be digitized and available in the ASO Archives by November 1, 2013.

By supporting the digitization project, these invaluable videos and photos of some of the world’s best performers and directors will not be lost, but rather preserved timelessly for the world to enjoy.

GOALS & COST:

Digitization of video 1 – Robert Shaw Footage: $503

Digitization of video 2 – Robert Shaw Leading Handel’s “Messiah”: $1,736

Digitization of video 3 – Robert Shaw Leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: $1,039

4TB hard drive and affiliated labor costs: $550

Scanner: $500

1000 photos scanned: $1,172

GRAND TOTAL: $5,000

In 1988 the ASO traversed the Berlin Wall and entered conflict-ridden East Germany for their first European tour. The 340 members of the Orchestra & Chorus was the largest performing arts ensemble ever to travel from the US to Europe.
In 1988 the ASO traversed the Berlin Wall and entered conflict-ridden East Germany for their first European tour. The 340 members of the Orchestra & Chorus was the largest performing arts ensemble ever to travel from the US to Europe.
The 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games brought great exposure to the ASO as they performed at the Opening Ceremonies under the direction of esteemed film composer John Williams.
The 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games brought great exposure to the ASO as they performed at the Opening Ceremonies under the direction of esteemed film composer John Williams.
The ASO took the world stage in 1977 when President Carter invited the Orchestra and Chorus to D.C. to perform in the inauguration ceremonies. Paul Hurne, Washington’s most respected critic, called the evening “the greatest inaugural concert in history.”
The ASO took the world stage in 1977 when President Carter invited the Orchestra and Chorus to D.C. to perform in the inauguration ceremonies. Paul Hurne, Washington’s most respected critic, called the evening “the greatest inaugural concert in history.”

Risks and challenges

This project will be a fairly simple process if all goals are met and we can purchase the necessary equipment for the digitization process. The challenge will be to scan and digitize all of the material as quickly as possible so we can get it back out to you!

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    Special recognition on the ASO Archive website for one year and an acknowledgment letter from the ASO in thanks for the contribution.

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    All items aforementioned and five free ASO downloads.

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    All items aforementioned and special recognition in the 2013-14 season program book, as well as a photo of the Orchestra signed by an ASO musician.

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    All items aforementioned and special recognition on the ASO donor wall for the entirety of the 2013-14 season, as well as an invitation to visit the ASO Archives and meet Bob Scarr, our Archives Manager.

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    All items aforementioned and a 2013-14 concert season program book signed by Music Director Robert Spano.

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