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Mexico: Two Musicians Selected for YouTube Symphony Orchestra

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.

…since I was like 10 I used to say: you know, when I grow up I want to play at Carnegie Hall. As the time passed by, those dreams vanished, and now I realize that, oh my!, those dreams can return and they can come true.

To celebrate his selection, Zogbi will soon participate in a concert in Monterrey, the city where he now lives.

Very little is known about the identity of the other musician selected. His YouTube username is Intisamente, and according to magazine El Mañana [es], he is from Veracruz.

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.

What a nice surprise when I read in the newspaper that a couple of Mexicans will be part of the YouTube Symphonic Orchestra!!! My first reaction was joy, but since Internet can connect us no matter where we are, well, it was better to congratulate you.

Alongside the Mexicans, two musicians from Brazil and one from Colombia will participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

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  • […] in a while, a pleasant news from Mexico. A blog post titled Two Musicians Selected for YouTube Symphony Orchestra by Issa Villarreal. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is a collaborative project using social media […]

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