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YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

Media Release: Monday 7 March 2011

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 to debut at Sydney Opera House

From 14 - 20 March, 101 musicians from more than 30 countries will be performing in Sydney’s streets, clubs and concert halls

Final gala performance March 20 will feature real-time projections onto sails of Sydney Opera House, be live-streamed worldwide at

The 101 members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will arrive next week in Sydney for a gala performance Sunday, March 20, that will light up the sails of Sydney Opera House and live-stream to YouTube’s globalaudience. Musicians from more than 30 countries — selected through an online audition that
garnered millions of views on the YouTube Symphony channel ( — will join together for a week of rehearsals and concerts around Sydney which build up to the finale event.

The March 20 performance will be conducted by award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The repertoire includes Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Stravinsky’s spectacular Firebird, and Mothership, a specially-commissioned piece by American composer Mason Bates, featuring four winning musicians who submitted improvisations on YouTube (a Brazilian guitarist, a Chinese guzheng player, a Venezuelan violinist, and an Australian bassist). Soloists and special guests featured with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 include the Sydney Children’s Choir, didgeridoo star William Barton, violinists Stefan Jackiw, Colin Jacobsen and Richard Tognetti, organ sensation Cameron Carpenter, and the 17-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas.

Throughout the evening, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performance will be opened up to audiences beyond the concert hall via live streams and exterior projections.
The sails of Sydney Opera House will become a backdrop for a light show by Obscura Digital, who will create a multimedia experience of the performance using artwork, effects and real-time concert video to play in synchronization with the orchestra for the enjoyment of the public at live sites around Sydney Harbour. The performance will be live-streamed to a worldwide audience on the YouTube Symphony channel, (, and on mobile devices via the YouTube Symphony apps, which can be downloaded from the Android Market or the Apple App Store.

This finale will be the culmination of a week of performances, rehearsals and masterclasses in which the musicians will participate in venues around Sydney. The week’s events will include ensemble concerts at Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an improv session at The Basement Night Club, and outdoor performancesin locations around the city. Every day, highlights from the concerts and behind the scenes footage of the musicians’ experience will be posted to the YouTube Symphony channel and on the YouTube Symphony apps. For ticketing, visit

About YouTube
YouTube™ is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube™ provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for
original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube™, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif.,and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

About Sydney Opera House
In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world - onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.

For further information contact:
Steven Reilly, Sydney Opera House / 9250 7411 /

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