YouTube announces its online symphony orchestra

March 3rd, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by IANS  

San Francisco, March 3 (Xinhua) More than 90 musicians from over 30 countries and regions have been chosen as members of the world’s first online collaborative orchestra, video-sharing website YouTube has announced.
The selected musicians, playing 26 different instruments, will travel from around the world to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall April 15, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony music director, YouTube said on its blog.

The so-called YouTube Symphony Orchestra will play Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica”, a piece written by award-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun.

Before performing on the stage of Carnegie Hall, the winners will also participate in a three-day classical music learning summit to learn from today’s masters.

“I can’t wait be part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and meet the other talented musicians who won positions,” said Lauren Bridgen, an Australian who was selected to play viola.

“Playing with Michael Tilson Thomas will be a real privilege,” she said in a posting on YouTube blog.

“YouTube has found an exciting way to take classical music out of its traditional setting and introduce it to a new audience and I’m thrilled to be part of the project,” she said.

More than 3,000 audition videos had been submitted by amateur and professional musicians since YouTube unveiled the programme at the beginning of December.

The musicians were asked to submit two different videos - their interpretation of the Tan Dun composition and a talent video designed to demonstrate their musical and technical abilities.

“The Internet is an invisible Silk Road, joining people from across the world. East or West, North or South, anyone can download a score of my Internet Symphony No. 1 ‘Eroica’, pick any part and play it with any instrument or object, in any style,” Tan Dun then said.

“YouTube is the biggest stage on Earth, and I want to see what the world’s undiscovered musical geniuses will create on it.”

From more than 3,000 audition videos, 200 semifinalists from 15 to 55 years-old were chosen by musicians from world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.

More than 90 winners were then selected by votes of YouTube users.

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