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Solti Online Exhibition Receives Recognition

"Music: First and Last" receives prestigious Leab Exhibition Award

Screenshot of the Solti online exhibition

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library’s online exhibition Music, First and Last: Scores from the Sir Georg Solti Archive received a prestigious Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award. 

The Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section makes the selections of the exhibition awards, which recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs, guides, and electronic exhibitions produced by North American and Caribbean institutions.

The subject of the music library’s online exhibition is Sir Georg Solti (1912–1997), one of the foremost conductors and most influential musicians in the 20th century. Born in Budapest and known by many in the United States as a conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Solti led every one of the world’s major orchestras and assumed directorships of several major opera houses, including those of Munich, Frankfurt, and London. 

“This is an outstanding recognition not only of the online exhibition,” said Sarah Adams, Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, “but of the significance of the Solti Archive itself, which is an extensive body of work rich with content that benefits musicians and scholars across the world.”

A skilled team of library staff members collaborated on this award-winning project. Among them are: Robert Dennis, curator of recordings collections, who served as curator of the Solti exhibition and author of the text; Kerry Masteller, reference and digital program librarian, who organized the content and assisted with exhibition research; David Ackerman, head of Harvard Library’s Media Preservation Services, who recorded and edited Bob Dennis’s conversation with Lady Solti; and designer/multimedia specialist Enrique Diaz of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information in Lamont Library, who designed the online exhibition. 

The 2015 awards were presented during a ceremony in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. Music and media catalog librarian Beth Iseminger accepted the award on behalf of the library. “This online exhibition had a clean, uncluttered design, and it was easy to navigate,” the judges stated. “The ability to access complete scores is good for scholarship, while the ability to easily access audio and video enhances the experience for the visitor.”

The Sir Georg Solti Archive in the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University is a gift of the Solti family to Harvard. It was given in 2011.

Article published on August 18, 2015.