Wednesday, January 12, 2011

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is the world’s first collaborative, online, international orchestra. Thousands of musicians from around the world auditioned online for a place in this year’s orchestra.  At this grand finale event, amateurs and professionals between the ages of 14 and 49, from thirty three countries around the world converge on Sydney to perform a spectacular and thrilling program of symphonic music that showcases the extraordinary talents of this truly global orchestra.

Portuguese musician Pedro Silva's video screenshot

From the 336 finalists voted until December 2010, 36 young musicians from 33 countries has been announced by the jury today, January 11th, 2011.

Pedro Silva is a trompet musician who is studying Music at Universidade do Minho. He is the only Portuguese young musician selected from the jury for "You Tube Simphony Orchestra 2011". You can listen Pedro's audition here

The best and most creative performers has been selected to form the "YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011" and invited to perform in March at Sydney Opera House, under the direction of world-renowned conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and YouTube Symphony Artistic Advisor, Michael Tilson Thomas.

An epic multimedia event from the imaginations of YouTube, Sydney Opera House, Michael Tilson Thomas and Mason Bates. This gala performance will feature soaring music and vast images projected on the interior and sails of the Sydney Opera House.

On the video below, you can see and hear the winners.

As part of the "YouTube Symphony Orchestra" program YouTube is committed to supporting innovative education initiatives. 

YouTube is generously donating all box office proceeds from the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 project to assist in funding Sydney Opera House’s digital education initiatives. 

Sydney Opera House is committed to providing an arts education experience to as many children as possible. Through YouTube’s support we can bring our significant education program more fully to life in the digital environment.

A wonderful digital project based on music that provides an education experience to many young people from overthe world.

"To stop the flow of the music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable."

Aaron Copland (1900-1991)

Music is not yet a major value in school curriculum in the elementary and secondary schools. But music is a fundamental part in education of young people.  We must take it seriously!


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