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YouTube spotlights classical musicians with 'Internet symphony'

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice ... upload?

A contest announced Monday in New York and London invites musicians to record audition videos of themselves and upload them to video-sharing site YouTube for a chance to be a part of what's being billed as "the world's first collaborative online orchestra."

Composer Tan Dun, of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame, has composed a piece called "The Internet Symphony" specifically for the contest. Prospective players will download sheet music, practice and record their individual parts, and upload them to the site. Then, they'll record a solo of their choosing from a list of suggested pieces.

Players' videos will be reviewed by professionals from the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic – and then, in true American Idol fashion, the greater YouTube community. The winners will be invited to New York in April for a three-day music conference and a performance at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York. Then their videos will be brought together in a mash-up for YouTube.

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