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YouTube Symphony Orchestra Set To Debut At Carnegie Hall 69

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theodp writes "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Then, audition on YouTube. When a 10-year-old Hannah Tarley asked to get her ears pierced, her mom told the aspiring violinist she could if she performed at Carnegie Hall. Seven years later, using a computer placed atop several volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 17-year-old Hannah filmed herself playing Brahms' Symphony No. 4 to audition by video for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. On April 15, Hannah will make her debut with others who made the cut at New York City's Carnegie Hall in a concert conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony."
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YouTube Symphony Orchestra Set To Debut At Carnegie Hall

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:29PM (#27543043)

    To get a tattoo she has to land on the moon.

  • Rewards (Score:5, Funny)

    by Translation Error (1176675) on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:39PM (#27543111)
    It warms the heart to see that all that talent, hard work, and effort can have the massive payoff of pierced ears at the age of 17.
    • by eclectro (227083)

      It also warms the heart knowing that the mother was able to take the college money and use it on herself.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by scottrocket (1065416)
      The reason may have been shallow - but it was Brahms, and somewhere, Spock is smiling.
    • If she'd waited one more year until she was 18, she wouldn't have had to waste all that time learning to play the violin at all! Kids these days, so impatient...
  • Girl uses YouTube to broadcast videos of herself. News at 11.
  • Sound quality (Score:3, Insightful)

    by PhrostyMcByte (589271) <phrosty@gmail.com> on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:44PM (#27543165) Homepage
    Youtube and consumer mics can have pretty horrible sound quality -- seems like a pretty bad way to audition for a position on an orchestra.
    • Re:Sound quality (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Mononoke (88668) on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:50PM (#27543209) Homepage Journal

      Youtube and consumer mics can have pretty horrible sound quality -- seems like a pretty bad way to audition for a position on an orchestra.

      Talent still comes through, though. Quality recording equipment doesn't make a performance any better, because you can't polish a turd.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 11, 2009 @12:52PM (#27543227)

        Actually, they managed to polish turds on Mythbusters.

      • You can't polish a turd.

        I tried that........and it's true. :(

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        But you can cover the Mona Lisa with shit.

      • by artor3 (1344997)

        No, but you can roll it in glitter.

      • by MarkRose (820682)

        because you can't polish a turd

        Oh yes you can [random-good-stuff.com]!

      • by rasteri (634956)

        Quality recording equipment doesn't make a performance any better,

        Actually, yes it can - especially in woodwind or brass instruments. There's a lot of subtle high-frequency stuff going that won't get picked up in a low-fi environment, and that's where much of the skill in playing a complex wind instrument resides. You often don't hear little mistakes the musician is making until you hear a high-quality version of a previously low-quality mp3, for example.

    • by Fumus (1258966)
      I'm only guessing here, but if the video isn't laggy, they could simply see how well she can handle the music instrument.
      • by Mononoke (88668)
        Done right, the judges will have closed their eyes and listened for pitch, meter and expression, all of which will come through Youtube just fine.
  • Didn't like it one bit... But the other contestants were all over the place too. Allegro con brio is NOT Presto. Or Prestissimo in some cases. Brrr....

    Lesser of a bunch of evils, I guess.

    Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better. Shit. Did it again, sorry. ;-)

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better.

      Don't let envy get the better of you; there'll be other opportunities. One day you might get to have your ears pierced too.

    • Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better. Shit. Did it again, sorry.

      So what, it's not like it's that great of a prize. She'll do it, have fun and be forgotten. If you are really that talented keep it up and you'll have people inviting you to play because they actually want to hear you, not because you won some publicity contest.

      • And that's just it. It's a publicity contest. Really, a sort of novelty. If somehow they manage to get something really special they might start doing it every year. But no matter what happens nobody gets hurt, a bunch of people get a trip to New York, and get to perform at a world famous venue.

      • I was talking about piano category winner, I thought violin girl was pretty good.

        Thanks for the encouragement though. :D

    • by Lictor (535015)

      Since you've picked up the Sonata to study anyways, when can we look forward to a video of your better performance (with correct tempi, of course)?

  • Really takes pushy mum to the next level doesn't it?
  • ...audiophile nerds?
  • I must say, the kid sounds pretty damn good.

  • The Youtube Symphony Orchestra itself is somewhat interesting; performing at Carnegie Hall is not.

    The openness of submissions is somewhat interesting. It is very normal for auditions of this sort to be conducted through recordings, though.

    As for performing at Carnegie Hall, it is actually quite insignificant - all it takes is money and a little skill. IMO as a musician, any (classical) musician worth his salt should have little trouble getting to Carnegie Hall (Perhaps I am deluded, but I have had opp

    • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      IMO as a musician, any (classical) musician worth his salt should have little trouble getting to Carnegie Hall (Perhaps I am deluded, but I have had opportunities to perform there, and I have never felt as if it were anything special).

      While it is true that Carnegie Hall hosts fairly common performances, such as high school choral performers, it is also true that it has hosted many musical greats [wikipedia.org]. It is, after all, just a performance hall, albeit an excellent-sounding one, having been there many times.

      Unlik

  • by heroine (1220) on Saturday April 11, 2009 @03:57PM (#27544487) Homepage

    I'll be the first concert without any lights, with half the orchestra shifted off the stage, with everything always out of focus, & with only 1 note you can actually hear.

    • You've obviously never been to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
      An unlit, shifted, out of focus, annoyingly distorted orchestra would be an improvement.

      Worst. Venue. Ever.
    • by T Murphy (1054674)
      The official video will be from a shaky handheld somewhere on the far left side of the auditorium, and be next to a bunch of people that like to talk over the performance.
  • That's INCREDIBLE!!! People still have Encyclopedias in analog format in their homes?? How 1990's...

  • by argent (18001)

    I'd love to see a symphony orchestra play this [youtube.com].

  • How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, bees!

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