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The “Jackie Robinson” of classical music: Charlie Burrell’s storied career

by | Dec 11, 2018 | 0 comments

Charlie Burrell, today 98 years old, broke the color barrier again and again and again as one of America’s finest classical and jazz musicians. After hearing a radio broadcast conducted by Pierre Monteux, Burrell knew he wanted to pursue classical music. In 1959, he became the first black orchestra member hired by a major U.S. orchestra.

Burrell’s love and mastery for classical music made him an exemplary talent, and he eventually played under guest conductor Pierre Monteux in a defining musical moment. Even so, Burrell continued to combat racism and alienation throughout his musical career. In this episode of Archive Secrets, Adrienne Harling, archivist for the San Francisco Orchestra, brings light to Burrell’s story.

This and all episodes of Archive Secrets are sponsored by Starchive. Professional musicians and organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, use Starchive media asset management software to discover, preserve, share, and amplify the cultural keystones of our time.

Hear Charlie Burrell’s story and discover what talent lies within the San Francisco Orchestra archives.

Anatomy of an Upload

Anatomy of an Upload

Why does it take so long to upload to the cloud? Upload is more than just sending information from one place to another, and there are numerous factors that play into upload time. Here’s a handy overview of what goes into an upload to help you estimate how long it might take to move your media into the cloud.

Starchive helps WFMT Relaunch a Radio Legend

Starchive helps WFMT Relaunch a Radio Legend

Dubbed “the voice of the working man,” Studs Terkel reached international acclaim as one of the most intellectually curious newscasters of the 20th century. His work included coverage of the civil rights movement and conversations with the power players of jazz, blues, and politics.

Forbes Features Starchive’s Work with the Bob Dylan Music Company

Forbes Features Starchive’s Work with the Bob Dylan Music Company

Previously, few high-quality images of Dylan’s life were accessible. Now, high-quality audio, photo, and video are at the company’s fingertips. Even people that have worked with Dylan for years have been amazed at the newly emerging material found in Starchive that has helped round out his story.