YouTube brings interactivity to classical music

YouTube goes classical with online symphony; 'Gossip Girl' to get webisodes; Juliana Hatfield goes deep into her songs; and more

YouTube is bringing together traditional classical music with the latest technology to create an online symphony orchestra, with help from the real-life London Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and professional composers and performers. Musicians are invited to submit videos of themselves performing two works, one specifically composed for the contest and another of their choosing.

Select videos will be mashed together to create a single YouTube Symphony Orchestra video performance, and the YouTube community will vote to decide on the winners, who will be flown to New York in April to participate in a classical music summit and a performance at Carnegie Hall.

"YouTube is a unique platform for musical artists to broadcast their work," said Ed Sanders, product marketing manager for YouTube, in a statement. "Through the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, aspiring musicians can share their passion with institutions like Carnegie Hall and the London Symphony Orchestra, visionaries like Lang Lang, and the world. We are honored to partner with these venerable organizations and individuals to reach the next milestone for ensemble music and global collaboration."

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