YouTube Symphony Orchestra

Woah! It’s not every day you get a chance to play in Carnegie Hall. I just found out about this project on YouTube. Tan Dun, the composer who wrote the film music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, was commissioned by Google to write a symphonic piece for the project. People who want to participate can download the music, practice it with the help of videos of Tan Dun conducting, videotape themselves, and then submit their tape on YouTube. The individual videos are going to be used to create a collaborative video of the piece, and YouTube viewer votes help to select a group of musicians to play the piece in Carnegie Hall in New York in April. Deadline for submissions is January 28. As soon as I post this I’m going to to the Music Building and practice.

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John Kastelic is a fourth year music student, majoring in composition and music theory. His main instrument these days is the viola, but likes to make strange noises with anything he can get his hands on. His biggest pet peeves are people taking themselves too seriously and people who don't move to the back of the bus.

2 Responses to “YouTube Symphony Orchestra”

  1. Annabel

    Hi John,

    Yay for collaborative music; such a cool project!

    Quick thing, I know you’re a music student; I’m helping to organize a fundraiser in February ( and I’m looking for ensembles to perform during the dinner. Know anyone who might be interested? in exchange for a meal and our sincere gratitude? Please let me know; message me on facebook! Thanks!! Annabel Wong


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