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Media Release - Finale Event 3/20

   
YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Lights Up Sydney Opera House

From online audition to global performance: Finale concert featuring spectacular projections onto Sydney Opera House streamed worldwide on YouTube

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is a partnership with London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony, and other leading institutions of the classical music world.  Presented by Hyundai.

(Sydney – Sunday, March 20, 2011) — This evening, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performed for a sell-out crowd at Sydney Opera House and an online audience around the world in a multimedia event live-streamed on YouTube.  101 musicians from more than 30 countries played together under the direction of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a finale that featured real-time video projections onto the exterior and interior of the iconic building. Sydney Opera House CEO Richard Evans called the projections "the most ambitious and breathtaking we’ve ever seen."


For the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 members, tonight’s finale was the culmination of a journey that started with a video audition uploaded to YouTube. Selected by experts from some of the world’s leading orchestras and voted on by the public, the musicians range from 14 to 49 years old, include amateur and professional musicians, and some who are traveling overseas for the first time.


A highlight of their collaborative performance was Mothership: a specially- commissioned piece by American composer Mason Bates. The piece featured an electric guitarist from Brazil, a violinist from USA, a guzheng player from China, and an electric double bassist from Australia, who were chosen to perform as soloists by submitting improvisations online. The repertoire also included Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird.

Noted Conductor and Artistic Advisor Michael Tilson Thomas, “We created a living orchestra from what was once only on video — an extraordinary and exciting process.”


The finale streamed live on the YouTube Symphony Channel, YouTube.com/symphony, from the YouTube home page in more than a dozen countries, and on mobile devices via the YouTube Symphony apps. The stream will now repeat through the day March 20 so the performance can be enjoyed in all time zones. Said YouTube’s Ed Sanders, “We've been dazzled by the growing community around this project, from people watching and commenting on videos to those auditioning and sharing musical experience online. Tonight we used performance, mobile, live stream, and projections to bring it all together and reach new audiences across the globe."


About YouTube

YouTube is the world’s largest online video community, allowing millions of people to discover, watch, and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original-content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, California, and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.


About Sydney Opera House

In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world - onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.


US Orchestra members, by location

Scottsdale, AZ; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Palo Alto, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; New Haven, CT; Boca Raton, FL; Miami, FL; Naples, FL; Orlando, FL; Evanston, IL; Bloomington, IN; Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY; Rochester, NY; Oberlin, OH; Cleveland, OH; Mingo Junction, OH; Wayne, PA; Austin, TX; Sugar Land, TX; Dallas, TX; Fort Worth, TX; San Antonio, TX; Woodinville, WA; Spokane, WA; Milwaukee, WI. Bayamon, Puerto Rico


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Abbi Tatton
press@youtube.com

Visual design by Obscura Digital



Media Release 3/7/11 - Event Week


YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 to debut at Sydney Opera House
 
From 14 - 20 March, 101 musicians from more than 30 countries will be performing in Sydney’s streets, clubs and concert halls

Final gala performance March 20 will feature real-time projections onto sails of Sydney Opera House, be live-streamed worldwide at YouTube.com/Symphony

(Sydney, Australia – March 7, 2011) — The 101 members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will arrive next week in Sydney for a gala performance Sunday, March 20, that will light up the sails of Sydney Opera House and live-stream to YouTube’s global audience. Musicians from more than 30 countries — selected through an online audition that garnered millions of views on the YouTube Symphony channel (youtube.com/symphony) — will join together for a week of rehearsals and concerts around Sydney which build up to the finale event.

The March 20 performance will be conducted by award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.  The repertoire includes Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird, and Mothership, a specially-commissioned piece by American composer Mason Bates, featuring four winning musicians who submitted improvisations on YouTube (a Brazilian guitarist, a Chinese guzheng player, a Venezuelan violinist, and an Australian bassist). Soloists and special guests featured with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 include the Sydney Children’s Choir, didgeridoo star William Barton, violinists Stefan Jackiw, Colin Jacobsen and Richard Tognetti, organ sensation Cameron Carpenter, and the 17-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas.

Throughout the evening, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performance will be opened up to audiences beyond the concert hall via live streams and exterior projections. The sails of Sydney Opera House will become a projection canvas for a video show by Obscura Digital, who will create a multimedia experience of the performance using artwork, effects and real-time concert video to play in synchronization with the orchestra for the enjoyment of the public at live sites around Sydney Harbour.  The performance will be live-streamed to a worldwide audience on the YouTube Symphony channel, (youtube.com/symphony), and on mobile devices via the YouTube Symphony apps, which can be downloaded from the Android Market or the Apple App Store.

This finale will be the culmination of a week of performances, rehearsals and masterclasses in which the musicians will participate in venues around Sydney. The week’s events will include ensemble concerts at Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an improv session at The Basement Night Club, and outdoor performances in locations around the city. Every day, highlights from the concerts and behind the scenes footage of the musicians’ experience will be posted to the YouTube Symphony channel and on the YouTube Symphony apps. For ticketing, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/youtubesymphony.

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is a partnership with London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony, and other leading institutions of the classical music world.  Presented by Hyundai.

About YouTube
YouTube™ is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube™ provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube™, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

About Sydney Opera House
In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world - onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.



Media release 1/11/11 - winners


Members of YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Announced Today

101 musicians from more than 30 countries will perform for a global audience at Sydney Opera House in March, 2011

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is a partnership with London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony, and other leading institutions of the classical music world.  Presented by Hyundai.

(NEW YORK, NY – January 11, 2011) — YouTube today announced the 101 musicians who have been selected to form YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 at Sydney Opera House.  The announcement was made after a global audition held online at YouTube.com/Symphony. The winning musicians will be flown to Sydney for a week of rehearsals and concerts from March 14-20, 2011, with a final performance March 20 that will be live-streamed around the world.


The 97 members of YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 come from more than 30 countries, and range in age from 14 to 49 years old. They include amateur and professional musicians, students and teachers, and include some who have never set foot out of their home country.  In addition, 4 soloists have been selected to perform an improvisation to a piece composed specifically for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by American composer Mason Bates. Invited to audition on the instrument of their choice, the soloists selected performed on electric guitar (Brazil), violin (USA), the guzheng (China), and electric double bass (Australia).  For more information on the orchestra members and soloists, visit YouTube.com/Symphony.

“The applicants for this year’s YouTube Symphony Orchestra have been truly outstanding,” noted Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor and Artistic Advisor. “It has been inspiring to listen to such excellent music-making by people from all over the world, and to see the great reaction from the online community to the auditions.  I am looking forward to getting together with everybody in March and creating a fine orchestra.”

After an online audition period on YouTube last Fall, a panel of experts selected over 300 finalists from 46 countries based on skill and technique. Nine orchestras around the world participated in the judging, including London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and Sydney Symphony.  During a week of online voting in December, the YouTube user community gave their input on the finalists. Online votes were then taken into consideration by Michael Tilson Thomas in selecting the final orchestra.  

In March, 2011, the musicians will be flown to the iconic setting of Sydney Opera House to participate in a week-long classical music summit with Grammy Award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and leading performers in the field, culminating in a final performance on March 20, 2011, which will be live-streamed on YouTube. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will focus on celebrating musical education, from offering online master classes with orchestras around the world, to classes for Australian musicians during the summit week.

YouTube Symphony Orchestra is one of several collaborative efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and film.  Along with the film project, Life in a Day, and YouTube Play, a collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum, YouTube Symphony Orchestra is an example of the convergence of online video with more traditional art forms.


About YouTube

YouTube is the world’s largest online video community, allowing millions of people to discover, watch, and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original-content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, California, and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.




Media release 10/12/10 - launch


YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF "YOUTUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2011" 

CULMINATING IN A PERFORMANCE AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

 

With Michael Tilson Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony, 

and other leading institutions and figures of the classical music world.

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is presented by Hyundai

 

After a sold-out performance last year at Carnegie Hall, YouTube opens online auditions for a second global collaborative orchestra to perform at a week-long summit at Sydney Opera House in March 2011.

YouTube™ today announced a collaboration with Sydney Opera House, Grammy Award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and many other leading institutions and figures of the classical music world, to launch the "YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011" (youtube.com/symphony), a global online audition for a collaborative orchestra where amateur musicians can share their knowledge and experience of making music with the support of some of the world’s leading classical artists.  Musicians selected for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will be invited to a week-long classical music summit of rehearsals, concerts, and master classes at Sydney Opera House in March 2011, culminating in a performance conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

The announcement at synchronized events at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House, follows the success of the original YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which, after thousands of global submissions, brought more than 90 musicians from 30 countries to play a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in April, 2009.

The online audition period for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 opens October 12, 2010, and auditions extend through November 28, 2010. To be considered, musicians from around the world are invited to upload audition videos of designated pieces to demonstrate their musical and technical abilities. New this year, a second search for solo improvisers extends the audition process beyond traditional classical instruments and invites further online collaboration. For the solo improviser audition, musicians of any instrument may submit an original improvisation based on the new composition “Mothership” from composer Mason Bates for the opportunity to play their own solo during the final performance. An expert panel from leading orchestras around the world will narrow entries down to the semifinalists in both audition categories. The YouTube community will be invited to vote online on the semifinalists from December 10, 2010 through December 17, 2010. Musicians who are selected from this semifinalist group will be announced on YouTube on January 11, 2011. For official rules of entry and FAQ, consult the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Channel (youtube.com/symphony).

In March 2011, selected musicians will be flown to the iconic setting of Sydney Opera House to participate in a week-long classical music summit with leading performers in the field, culminating in a final performance on March 20, 2011, which will be live-streamed on YouTube. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will further focus on celebrating musical education, from offering online master classes with orchestras around the world, to classes for Australian musicians during our summit week in March. The program also works to bring the creative multi-media and collaborative qualities of YouTube into the classical music world. It aims to use the inherent democracy of the Internet to offer musicians around the world — whether professional, aspiring, or retired — an opportunity to play at Sydney Opera House.

Conductor and Artistic Advisor Michael Tilson Thomas said, “We’re exploring how classical music’s 1200-year-long tradition can enter the realm of high technology and what that will mean for its mission and legacy. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall was a first step in that process. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 at Sydney Opera House will be the next step as we seek to expand beyond the rehearsal room, beyond the concert hall and connect with a global audience.”

“We have a real sense of excitement that the YouTube Symphony Orchestra is living on,” said Ed Sanders, Senior Marketing Manager at YouTube. “This is a magical way to connect and inspire people.  Last year we helped fundamentally challenge the norms of an entire industry, and provided a digital meeting place for classical musicians right around the world.  In 2011 we want to see how the vibrant online music community, classical and otherwise, collaborates to create something truly special through this project.”

“Just as Michael Tilson Thomas talks about expanding beyond the rehearsal room and beyond the concert hall, so Sydney Opera House is committed to presenting our unique experiences and venues beyond our physical site’, said Sydney Opera House CEO Richard Evans.  “By hosting the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in 2011 we are moving offsite and online to access musicians around the world while simultaneously giving the global YouTube community the opportunity to directly input into this explosion of creativity and its ongoing legacy.”

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra has further support in some countries by local music institutions, including the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

About YouTube

YouTube™ is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube™ provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube™, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

 

About Sydney Opera House

In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world - onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.

 

Media Contacts:

Abbi Tatton                                                                     

YouTube                                                                                                                

press@google.com

 

Glenn Petry

21C Media Group

gpetry@21cmediagroup.com

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