Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Presenting "The YouTube Symphony Orchestra"

Yesterday I had a local PBS station on at lunchtime, and they had the fascinating story of the creation of You Tubes's "Internet Symphony Orchestra"

Here's the description, from the Orchestra's You Tube Channel

"Play your part in music history.

We called for professionals and amateur musicians of all ages, locations and instruments to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by submitting a video performance of a new piece written for the occasion by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun.

Finalists are selected by a judging panel comprised of the world's most renowned orchestras. Vote for your favorite instrumentalists on YouTube from February 14-22.

Winners are announced on March 2nd and will be invited to travel to New York in April 2009, to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra summit, and play at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

All the Tan Dun submissions will be compiled into a mashup video which will be premiered on this channel on April 15th".

Check out the orchestra's channel for additional videos and stories of its creation.

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