UN Concerts to be preserved for posterity

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Kiyotaka Akasaka (left), USG for Communications and Public Information, chats with Albert S. Schlachtmeyer (centre) and Susan Myers, VP for UN Relations at the UN Foundation, at the signing of a memorandum of understanding to digitize the DPI UN concert archives.

A major project is underway to digitize hundreds of concerts recorded at United Nations headquarters in New York from as early as the 1950s.

Much of the music was recorded onto reel to reel analog tapes, which are now largely obsolete formats; the aim is to make the collection available online as digital files.

The project has been funded by an American music lover and preservation aficionado, Al Schlachtmeyer.

The music featured in this report compiled by Beng Poblete-Enriquez is by Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor, Pablo Casals, followed by Beethoven's 9th symphony.

Duration: 4'33"

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