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Fri Apr 17 03:39:11 AEST 2009

NYTimes Music Review: YouTube Symphony Orchestra

'YouTube Orchestra Melds Music Live and Online'

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI Published: April 16, 2009 

So, after all the buzz about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra altering the 
audition process forever, after months of interactive computer chat about 
the world’s first collaborative online orchestra, after 96 winning 
players were selected from among the more than 3,000 musicians who 
submitted audition videos and were brought to New York for a group summit 
and Carnegie Hall concert, how did the YouTube Symphony Orchestra finally 


Quite well, actually, from what could be assessed during the three-hour 
concert the orchestra presented on Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall, 
mostly conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. 

The program was a potpourri, just movements and excerpts from 15 wildly 
diverse works.

The mixed-bag repertory was intentional, Mr. Thomas explained in 
introducing the program. 

With the chosen musicians coming from more than 30 different countries 
and vastly different backgrounds, the program needed to touch as many 
eras and styles as possible, he said. So there was everything from a 
Renaissance canzon for brass by Gabrieli to a new, hard-driving piece for 
orchestra and electronica by Mason Bates. (snip)



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