From Video to Carnegie Hall to Blurb – The YouTube Symphony Orchestra

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What began as a video crusade ended as a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall and now lives on as a book at Blurb. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, the first collaborative online symphony summit, brought together 96 professional and amateur musicians from more than 30 countries and 6 continents.

The musicians were chosen based upon video auditions they uploaded to YouTube. They met for the first time in New York where they performed under the direction of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. It was a meeting of the offline and online worlds, and as Tilson Thomas put it, a sort of classical music summit conference that was part “scout jamboree with an element of speed dating thrown in.” The result was magic, as evidenced in – you guessed it – the YouTube video of the concert.

To see behind-the-scenes at the event, take a look at the book. And to all of you who auditioned and to everyone who participated, all of us at Blurb offer up a digital standing ovation.

We can’t help but think: with all this interchange between the digital and analog worlds, how will an event such as this change the creative process for music, books, film, art. Any ideas? Blurbarians, we know you have them. Send us your thoughts via our Facebook page or comment below.

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