The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is a collaborative project using social media through the use of auditions through YouTube videos, and filtered by a jury of musicians and other YouTube users. Recently it selected the members of the symphony who will play the musical piece composed specially for the project by Tan Dun, a Chinese composer, who also composed the score of movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, and who is also the author of the Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica” to be interpreted by 90 musicians from different countries, both professionals and amateurs, in Carnegie Hall of New York.
Two Mexican musicians have been selected for the international orchestra as mentioned by the blog Vivir México [es]. One of them is violinist Manuel Zogbi, from the northern city of Saltillo. According to magazine El Mañana [es], to play in the Carnegie Hall is one of his dreams as a musician:
…desde que tenía como 10 años siempre dije: sabes qué, cuando sea grande quiero tocar en el Carnegie Hall. Con el tiempo esos sueños se esfumaron, y ahora como que me cae el veinte de que, ¡ah caray!, los sueños pueden regresar y materializarse.
To celebrate his selection, Zogbi will soon participate in a concert in Monterrey, the city where he now lives.
However, the lack of details about the viola player has not been an obstacle for other Mexican users to be in contact and to congratulate him through the YouTube service. User SAME860331 comments on his channel [es]:
Que grata sorpresa me encuentro en el periodico cuando leo que un par de mexicanos seran parte de la Orquesta Sinfónica de YouTube!!!!! Mi primera reaccion fue de alegria pero ya que el internet puede conectarnos no importando donde estemos pues, que mejor que felicitarte.
Alongside the Mexicans, two musicians from Brazil and one from Colombia will participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.