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Join the YouTube Global Symphony, Play Carnegie Hall

Always wanted to play in a symphony? Here’s your chance – without even leaving your living room. YouTube has just announced the “world’s first collaborative online orchestra” – the YouTube Symphony Orchestra – a one-of-a-kind experiment that provides individual musicians with an opportunity to collaborate with other musicians all over the world.

But that’s not all. If you play well enough, show some creativity, and exude passion, you may find yourself seated in the famed Carnegie Hall, performing live with other YouTube musicians.

The contest is open to all musicians over age 14, regardless of instrument or skill. But it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take some practice.

To begin, download the sheet music and start learning your part. The music? You get to pick your favorite classical piece to showcase your talent. And you’ll also have the opportunity to perform a new piece – “The Internet Symphony” – by Chinese composer Tan Dun, the Grammy and Oscar winning composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

But you won’t be practicing alone. YouTube will help you learn the music, rehearse, and upload your performance for the virtual symphony video. Along the way you’ll gain insight from Tan Dun and the London Symphony Orchestra, and get tips from pianist Lang Lang. Rest assured, all of your hard work and practice will pay off, culminating in a unique YouTube concert composed of users from around the globe.

If you perform well enough, there may be more in store for you. Musicians who exhibit that certain je ne se quois will get the opportunity to perform at the renowned Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

Submissions are open until January 28, 2009. The live performance in Carnegie Hall will be held in April 2009.

Now, would be a good time to start practicing.

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