YouTube Finalizes 'Symphony Orchestra'
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 12:51:50
More than 3,000 videos from 70-plus countries later, YouTube has selected the final lineup of its "Symphony Orchestra." More than 90 musicians from 30 different countries made the final cut, as selected by YouTube viewers.
"We are excited about the talent, variety and adventurousness of the musicians who are coming together from around the world to form the YouTube Symphony Orchestra," conductor Michael Tilson Thomas said in a statement on Monday. "I am looking forward to our exploration of the incredible range of classical music's 1,200-year-old tradition which we will present in a unique way to our audience."
Twenty-six different instruments will come together to present Tan Dun's "Internet Symphony No. 1, Eroica" on April 15 at Carnegie Hall. Calvin Lee, a 37-year-old surgeon from Modesto, CA, was one of the finalists. He said, "The strings on my violin were 15 years old when I first learned of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and that's when I realized it was time to get my violin out of the closet. Since then I've been practicing, playing and thoroughly enjoying meeting other passionate musicians from across the globe through the YouTube Symphony Orchestra."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff