Getting To Carnegie Hall

How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

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How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?

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The old adage goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice.

In the electronic age it’s now probably better to respond: upload, upload, upload.

On Wednesday night an assortment of musicians took to the stage at Carnegie Hall as part of the first ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra.  Artists from across the globe – from Azerbaijan to Washington state – were assembled based on auditions submitted through YouTube.com.

After a months long selection process, including online voting, a panel of knowledgeable judges chose the final orchestral participants.

Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas lead the near 80 musicians in a piece entitled Internet Symphony No. 1 “Erotica” by Tan Dun – composed especially for the occasion.  Pieces by Mozart, Bach, Brahms and others were also played.

The competition may be a short cut for some music lovers -- though, we’re pretty sure they still had to practice quite a bit.

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