May 27, 2022

Music: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Launches Online Archives Portal

From the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Blog:

An online Archives Portal offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the treasures found in the symphony’s physical archives — from a picture of the 1980s reunion between Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians who performed under his direction as a child prodigy in the 1940 to a searchable database to find the performance history of a particular piece or performer.

Visitors can delve into the portal three ways, through the “browse,” “discover” and “search” functions.

The browse function allows visitors to explore the Communities & Collections groups found with the archives, including “Grand Classics concert program books,” “Public Affairs Department (photographs)” and “Performance History,” among others. The discover function allows visitors to start with a broad subject and delve deeper from there.

Results through any function can be further refined with advanced filters and sorting options. (A quick start guide for using the portal can be found at


The Archives Portal was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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