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March 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

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Video | YouTube Symphony Orchestra live grand finale performance

Posted by Stephanie Clary

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra grand finale streamed live from the Sydney Opera House in Australia on Saturday.

The orchestra was made up of musicians from all over the world who uploaded their auditions on YouTube. YouTube users, a panel of judges, and conductor and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas helped make the final selection.

Saturday's finale included the live performance, beautifully-filmed interviews with individual musicians and various pieces of artwork projected in and outside the opera house.

A personal highlight comes at about 2 hours, when Ukrainian artist Kseniya Simonova uses sand to create a constantly changing visual. Immediately following is an interview with Stepan Grytsay, a violinist from Argentina. He explains how he "put his entire career in the hands of the Internet" by learning from past violin players' performances that have been uploaded online.

Two Northwest players also helped make up the 101 musicians who spent the week in Australia for classes, rehearsals and the performance above. For more on violinist Jason Bell from Spokane Valley and French-horn player Matthew Berliner, of Woodinville read Marian Liu's preview of the performance.

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