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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.
wow, that’s pretty great!!
We have a pretty wicked Symphony here in Nova Scotia: http://www.symphonynovascotia.ca that does Pops collaborations every season. Last year they did a Queen tribute and this year it’s ABBA. They also do concerts with great local indie artists and big names too – Final Fantasy and MIR last Fall, just to name a couple!
Wow! That is amazing. I would never have imagined crossing Miley and an orchestra…but I love it!
This is fantastic, such a good song, especially when performed by an orchestra!
Amazing! Love it!
Thanks Natalie! Glad you enjoy my work. I’m extremely passionate about the orchestra – lots more to come! Thanks 🙂
I got chills, I passed it around the office – seriously this made my day! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be buying several of these covers.
Wow, what an amazing song! I really do like it! xx
As an oboe performance major, I try very hard not to get music snobby, but often times I wish more people would get as excited as I am about, for example, the Mahler concerts at the Pittsburgh Symphony. I’m usually a lot less interested in Pops concerts, even though I love the music, because I prefer it reserved for it’s own, fantastic environment, but I really appreciate these arrangements by Walt! I only wish they were played by a real orchestra instead, but I know how hard that is to manage.
This is fantastic…I adore orchestral music, and MGMT is amazing. Mr. Ribeiro, you are my hero.
I’m HAVE to show this to my cello teacher tommarow! My friends who are classically trained and I actually made pop versions of some songs to. We did “Hey There Delilah” and “Toxic”. It was really fun. But nothing as epic as this video!
This is incredible. Most definitely going to be purchasing some of Walt’s music! Brilliant.
This is really cool, but even more awesome is Video Games Live–best concert I have EVER been to.
What’s better than a professional ochestra and choir performing the greatest hits of video game history?
I absolutely adore this type of thing, thank you so much for blogging about it.
There is something about classical twist with fresh modern sound can make anyone enjoy. I might even go so far to say I enjoy it better than the original 🙂
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