Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bedroom Bach is around corner as YouTube starts its own cyber symphony

NEW YORK - There's a new way to get to Carnegie Hall - YouTube, YouTube, YouTube.

Borrowing from "American Idol," the online video site announced plans Monday for a YouTube Symphony Orchestra, featuring a collaboration of wannabe musicians with Carnegie Hall, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Tan Dun and others.

Through Jan. 28, musicians can submit entries as they perform two videos: a display of their musical talents and an interpretation of an original work by Tan, who won an original-score Academy Award for 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

A panel of experts from some of the world's leading orchestras will narrow the field. YouTube users will then vote for the winners, who will be announced March 2.

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