Pittsburgh Symphony to digitize 433 Previn-era reel-to-reel recordings, with state grant

Posted on: January 2, 2020

“More than 400 reel-to-reel tapes and thousands of late-18th century photos and correspondences are among the items that will be preserved using funds from a state historic documents grant,” reports Katie Blackley in last Thursday’s (12/26) WITF television (Harrisburg, PA). “In Allegheny County, the state Historic and Museum Commission awarded $1,907 to Woodville Plantation: Neville House Associates in Bridgeville, Pa., and $10,000 to the Pittsburgh Symphony … among 29 organizations statewide to receive funds allocated to ‘help care for Pennsylvania’s significant historical records,’ according to a release…. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will focus its preservation efforts on the 1976-84 tenure of former music director André Previn. The group recorded 25 albums and won a Grammy Award for its performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 under Previn’s direction, and decided to use the state grant funds to highlight the time period. The 433 reel-to-reel recordings from the Previn era will be preserved and digitized, according to president and CEO Melia Tourangeau…. ‘To be able to have these historic recordings available for the world to be able to take a peek at is really important,’ … Tourangeau said. She anticipates the recordings will be accessible in … the PSO’s 125th season around February 2021.”