by Linda Holmes
Last night at Carnegie Hall, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra debuted under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony, who called the project "somewhere between a classical music summit conference, Scout Jamboree, with an element of speed dating."
For more about the development of the project, you can check out this March piece from All Things Considered.
Note that the group got a decent review from the New York Times, which admitted that it was "gimmicky" (file that under "stating the obvious") but also acknowledged that the group played "quite well," particularly given the short rehearsal time. In fact, Anthony Tommasini seemed mostly frustrated at not hearing a more straightforward concert from these talented folks who were rounded up via online auditions.