That's an old joke from my music school days. A guy gets into a cab in New York City and asks the cab driver, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" and the cab driver replies, "practice, practice, practice."
And if you graduated with a classical performance degree, that's what you had to do 8 hours a day - and then audition. You had to audition in person - sometimes behind a screen. You'd be one of hundred(s) or thousands to play for the jury making the decision - and if you were lucky you'd get call back for the finals.
The YouTube Symphony Orchestra released the first performance, a premiere of the Tan Dun composition "Internet Symphony, Eroica" The performers were selected from thousands of video auditions from around the globe. The finalists winnowed down by a jury of professional musicians, not unlike a traditional audition, but the winners were crowdsourced by YouTube users via online voting. The resulting "mashed up" symphony orchestra, had more than 90 players representing over 30 countries.
They performed live at Carnegie Hall last under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Sympony, who has used technology innovately throughout his career.
Was this just a clever publicity stunt or could this be the auditioning process of the future? Does represent a possible new business model in the light of crumbling arts nonprofits? And wondering why Michael Tilson Thomas doesn't have his own Twitter account?
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Update: CoolCat Teacher Blog, Vicky Davis, wrote about the YouTube Symphony quoted the title of this blog post. What's funny is that Conductor Tilson Thomas says it in this video - that I didn't see. Alan Levine suggested on Twitter
that she give linktribution. As a music student - everyone knew that joke (and whole bunch other stupid music school jokes) - and so it was the first thing I thought of when I heard about this story. Little did I know that the PR people used it in the press release!
Here's the origin of that joke
Here's more remixes of the joke
Okay, here's a sample of some of those other stupid classical music jokes:
"What happens when a piano falls down a mine shaft on a miner? A flat minor"