Friday, April 17, 2009

YouTube Symphony Orchestra Debut

Tony Tommassini has the review in today's New York Times:
[A]fter 96 winning players were selected from 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 play?

Quite well, actually....


There was Soo-Young Lee, a clarinetist from South Korea, now working in Austria, whose sincere belief that music is a universal language would wither any cynic. And George Durham, an experienced cellist who makes his living as a professional poker player in Reno, Nev.

After all the spoken and video tributes to YouTube and its owner, Google, it would be nice if this project could become permanent. But it is doubtful that YouTube will sponsor an orchestra, as NBC did for Toscanini during the heyday of radio. Still, as Kurt Hinterbichler, a physicist at Columbia University who is also an active performer on the double bass, explained in his video introduction, YouTube deserves credit. It did, after all, field a symphony orchestra instead of the YouTube International Basketball Team.

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