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YouTube Symphony to include Canadians

At least six Canadians are among the 101 musicians getting a free trip to Australia to perform in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.
The first YouTube Symphony Orchestra performance took place at Carnegie Hall in New York. ((Stefan Cohen Photography/Associated Press) )

At least six Canadians are among the 101 musicians getting a free trip to Australia to perform in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.

Video auditions were uploaded to the popular streaming site and were then narrowed down to more than 300 finalists from 46 countries. 

The winners will perform in concerts from March 14 to 20.

They will play in one final show at Sydney Opera House, which will be streamed live online.

Bass clarinet player Christine Carter, originally from Toronto and now living in New York, proudly displays the Canadian flag in a promo video for the YouTube event.

Michelle Hwu of Toronto will play percussion, Paul Hung of Vancouver will play flute, Sarah Tradewell of Victoria will play viola, Richard Carnegie of Burlington, Ont., will play double bass, and Allene Chomyn of Langley, B.C., will play violin.

The YouTube players will be led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.