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JHU to digitize Peabody audio collection. (Digital Collections).

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries has announced that it has received a grant to digitize a half-century of recorded Peabody Conservatory classical music performances and make them available on the Web.

The Peabody Digital Audio Archives Project, a $230,000 project funded by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, will enable the conversion to digital format of an estimated 10,000 audiotapes owned by the Peabody's archives. Technology specialists at the university's Milton S. Eisenhower Library will design a work-flow management system prototype. A Web-based digital audio library will be created.

The Peabody's audio collection contains rarely recorded solo and ensemble repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the avant-garde. Early tapes include performances by the Peabody Art Theatre, a program introduced in 1960 to provide young opera singers with a formal course of study that included performance opportunities. Other recordings include Gian Carlo Menotti-directed productions with Herbert Grossman conducting. Also in those first recordings are the world premieres of The Fall of the City, a music drama by James Cohn, and Sergius Kagen's Hamlet in 1962 under the direction of noted Shakespearean Joseph Papp. The collection also contains what are believed to be the first recorded concerts conducted by James Levine.

Source: Johns Hopkins University Libraries, Baltimore, 410/516-7160;

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Title Annotation:Johns Hopkins University Libraries gets funding from Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services
Publication:Computers in Libraries
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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