Miami Symphony Orchestra teams up with choir in India on tribute video: How it happened

Dr. Ricardo Averbach, the Director of Orchestral Studies at Miami University, said the project came in response to the death of George Floyd in May and the ensuing protests and awareness.

The video is available on YouTube.

“There were many challenges there. They did this in Chennai, and the children are usually all from very humble families. It’s not like here in the United States, where everybody has a cell phone. So, they borrowed cell phones, and it was difficult for them to record, because it’s very noisy in India. They live in a highly populated area with lots of traffic. So, it was a major challenge for them to do this, to record, individually,” Averbach said.

Also, the video’s editor in India lives in a small village where there is no internet.

“Those kids would be sending their videos in their cell phones, and he had to use his cell phone at the hot spot, which doesn’t have a large band. So, for a 30-second video to be uploaded in his computer, it would take 25-minutes to a half an hour. Plus, I wanted to include videos of the Miami Orchestra, my students, because this was a collaboration. So, my videos where much bigger, and the files were much larger, so the editor would spend the entire night uploading the videos that were sent from here. That’s why it took such a long time. It took us three months to produce this video,” said Averbach.

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