Do you love pop music? Do you love the orchestra? Then, have I got a treat for you! On second thought, just about anybody with ears should appreciate this. It’s For Orchestra and it’s a-maz-ing.
For Orchestra is the brainchild of Walt Ribeiro, a New York City composer enamored by the seemingly star-crossed pairing of Top 40 pop and orchestral arrangements. So, he thought, why not combine the two? The result is virtually indescribable, but it manages to make tunes you’ve heard 10,000 times sound fresher than ever. It’s something that you and your cello teacher can both appreciate, and may even find yourselves rocking out to in unison. Yup — rocking out to an orchestra.
As if that isn’t cool enough, he also takes song suggestions from the community — you can tweet him here (make sure to use the hashtag #ForOrchestra), or use this forum. Since he’s more open to requests than the most crowd-pleasing DJ, Walt has arranged covers of everything from GNR’s “Sweet Child o’ Mine” to Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” to The Roots’ “Seed 2.0,” so you’re bound to find an old favorite made new again. But quite frankly, if you’re not hooked after watching the above rendition of “Kids,” then you’d better get your ears checked, yo.