90 musicians from around the world perform for YouTube orchestra

April 16th, 2009 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 16 (ANI): Almost 90 musicians from over 30 different countries have made their debut in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in New York.

The musicians were chosen from a contest held by the video-sharing website, in which musicians from around the world could upload a clip of themselves playing.

Over 3,000 people posted audition videos, out of which 200 finalists were selected before YouTube viewers voted for the winners.

All winners were then flown in to play at Carnegie Hall - one of the most prestigious venues in the world.

The musicians, who came form as far away as Australia and South Korea, had just three days to practise before the concert held on April 15.

They performed an extensive programme, which includes a specially written piece called Internet Symphony No 1, Eroica, by Chinese composer Tan Dun.

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra music director Michael Tilson-Thomas led the orchestra.

“We’re going to give a terrific show at Carnegie Hall that will have some very new and different things about it, both in the way it sounds and the way it looks,” the BBC quoted him as saying before the performance.

He added: “But really the most important part of this is how the world out there on the internet will be experiencing that and that will be developing over time as more edits and more uploads take place.” (ANI)

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