Composer and Conductor
Tilson Thomas rehearsing the third movement of Brahms' Fourth Symphony with the orchestra the afternoon before the concert.
Launched in December 2008, the YouTube Symphony Channel attracted audition videos internationally from musicians looking to join in this first of its kind event--An orchestra brought together by the internet and then performing in Carnegie Hall concert. The recent concernt was led by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (below).
The musicians, selected from more than 30 countries, practiced individually for weeks before coming together for 3 days of rehearsal together at the Julliard School.
The Carnegie Hall concert included soloists, chamber music, and full symphonic orchestra, and the program represented various styles and periods of classical music, including works by Bach, Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and John Cage. Contemporary composer Tan Dun, best known for his Academy Award winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has written a piece just for the occasion, Internet Symphony No. 1 "Eroica".
The entire concert is now viewable on YouTube.
Press Conference, Tuesday April 14, 2009