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Practice, Practice…The YouTube Orchestra To Play Carnegie Hall

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Last December YouTube solicited entries from aspiring classical musicians who wanted to join the first orchestra assembled on the Internet. Now the first online orchestra has been selected, and the winners, from 30 different countries, are set to assemble for three days of playing in New York.

That will be followed by a concert at Carnegie Hall on April 15, under conductor Michael Tilson Thomas of the San Francisco Symphony.

For an audition piece, musicians has to submit videos of themselves playing a composition called Internet Symphony No 1, "Eroica," by Tam Dun, who write the theme for the Beijing Olympics.

There were over 3,000 entries, which were winnowed down to a shortlist of 200 by a panel of professional musicians. Those videos then appeared on YouTube and viewers were able to vote for those they thought should be in the orchestra.

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