Edwin Outwater, Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, appears as Michael Tilson Thomas’ assistant conductor with the YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia from March 14th – 21st. Mr. Outwater returns to this position, which he held in 2009’s first incarnation of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall, New York. KWS principal bass player Ian Whitman also performed with the YTSO in 2009. This year, KWS violinist Allene Chomyn makes her debut with the all-new orchestra.
The week’s concert finale on March 20 at 8 PM EDT (5 AM EST on the same day), will be streamed live on youtube.com/symphony, and will present an international array of compositions, ranging from works by Bach, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Britten and Ginastera to those by the Australian-born Percy Grainger, contemporary Australian composer Nigel Westlake, and a premiere by former KWS Intersections artist, Mason Bates. Throughout the week, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 is celebrating musical education by offering online master classes with orchestras across the globe and on-site classes with Australian musicians during the summit. The program brings the creative multimedia and collaborative qualities of YouTube to the classical music community, using the inherent egalitarianism of the internet to offer unique opportunities to musicians around the world.
Disclaimer- I am posting this on my own will. I was not compensated in any way for this post. I hope you’ll take the time to check this out on March 20th!