15M hits later, YouTube Symphony makes live debut

NEW YORK (AP) -- The YouTube Symphony Orchestra has made its much anticipated debut at Carnegie Hall.

In the four months since the project was announced, more than 3,000 videos submitted by amateur and professional musicians from 70-plus countries were auditioned.

Voters among the 15 million viewers of the project's Web site selected the 93 winners. The symphony includes a surgeon-violinist and a professional poker player-cellist.

The musicians from more than 30 countries arrived in New York on Sunday. During rehearsals, they were coached by leading orchestral musicians.

By all accounts, the concert was a musical success and the show was nearly stolen by three youngsters.

Eight-year-olds Charlie Liu of New Jersey and Anna Larsen of Boston, along with 10-year-old Bostonian Derek Wang plopped down on a bench and played a six-hand waltz by Rachmaninoff without a hitch. They took their bows before a delighted audience.

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