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YouTube Symphony Orchestra Finale

Media Release: Friday 18 March 2011

Watch the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Perform Live from Sydney Opera House, March 20

Finale performance with spectacular projections onto Sydney Opera House sails to be live-streamed globally on YouTube

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is a partnership with London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sydney Symphony, and other leading institutions of the classical music world.  Presented by Hyundai.

On Sunday, March 20, the 101 members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will perform for a sell-out crowd at Sydney Opera House and an online audience around the world in a multimedia event live-streamed on YouTube.  The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 brings together musicians from more than 30 countries — selected through a global online audition — for a week of concerts and rehearsals at the iconic Sydney Opera House under the direction of award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

In what Sydney Opera House CEO Richard Evans calls "the most ambitious and breathtaking projections we’ve ever seen," a video show of artwork, effects, and live concert footage will accompany the performance on the exterior and interior of the iconic building. The real-time projections created by Obscura Digital will play in synchronization with the music to transform Sydney Opera House for audiences inside the concert hall, across Sydney Harbour, and around the world.  Said YouTube’s Ed Sanders, “We've been dazzled by the growing community around this project, from people watching and commenting on videos to those auditioning and sharing musical experience online. We're now using performance, mobile, live stream and projections to bring it all together and reach new audiences across the globe."

For the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 members, the finale is the culmination of a journey that started with a video audition uploaded to YouTube. Selected by experts from some of the world’s leading orchestras and voted on by the public, the musicians range from 14 to 49 years old, include amateur and professional musicians, and some who are traveling overseas for the first time.  Their week in Sydney has included outdoor performances, ensemble concerts, and master classes. “I am astonished by the range and diversity of the musicians and their commitment to working together,” noted Artistic Advisor and Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. “We are creating a living orchestra from what was once only on video — an extraordinary and exciting process.”

The March 20 finale begins at 8 p.m., local time. It will be streamed live globally through the day on the YouTube Symphony Channel,, from the YouTube home page in more than a dozen countries, and on mobile devices via the YouTube Symphony apps.* The repertoire includes Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Mothership, a specially-commissioned piece by American composer Mason Bates featuring four winning soloists who submitted improvisations online. Said Evans, “Sydney Opera House is celebrated the world over as the home of creative genius. In collaboration with YouTube we have been given an unrivalled opportunity to democratise this creativity on a global scale.”

About YouTube
YouTube is the world’s largest 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, California, 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.

*The March 20, finale will live stream globally from the YouTube Symphony channel,, and from the YouTube home page in the following countries: US; India; Australia; Korea; Russia; Argentina; Czech Republic; Hong Kong; Ireland; Netherlands; New Zealand; Sweden; and Taiwan. The stream will repeat throughout the day.

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

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