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Pop music for orchestra. Need I say more?

  • Nov 21, 2009
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Classical music is making its comeback people. And it’s totally awesome.
There is this person, his name is Walt Ribeiro. I “met him” on twitter. At first he was just a friend of a friend, and mentioned my name in a tweet in response to a tweet I had sent to another friend. No big deal.
On a completely separate note, this summer I became completely obsessed with all that is Lady Gaga. So when I saw this gem of a youtube video posted on Perez Hilton, I was completely intrigued.

Pop music for orchestra. Need I say more? It was totally amazing and fun to listen to.
So it turns out, my friend of a friend Walt Ribeiro arranged this brilliant rendition of Gaga’s Poker Face. Walt is a composer and a music teacher, broadcasting his lessons on Ustream and Revision 3. He self-published his CD ‘1.1’ that was written for full orchestra.
On his website, http://www.fororchestra.com, he has published original songs (that are all free, free to use, free to mash up, licensed under Creative Commons) and his brilliant covers of pop songs, which are available to download for a $1.
He has done brilliant covers of popular pop artists including Bon Jovi, Marc Cohn, MGMT, Miley Cyrus and Michael Jackson’s Bad (not for sale)
Check out his youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/waltribeiro for all the remixed videos and full versions of the songs, or his website to download the songs.
Pop music for orchestra. Need I say more?

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August 21, 2011
Good review. Fix the spacing above.
November 28, 2010
I love Vitamin String Quartet, so I'm definitely going to have to give Walt a listen. Thanks :)
July 07, 2010
Very cool! Thanks for sharing this with us.
December 20, 2009
Great review. My money and personal tastes put this arrangement way ahead of the original.
November 22, 2009
I just went to his site and I sooooooooo wish that the LA Philharmonic would let him come and conduct the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl next summer. Even coooler would be if the video was playing on the screen behind!! :) I think it would be a HUGE hit.
November 21, 2009
I was soooooo expecting "Muzak" or something similar. This is good stuff. In fact, I like the orchestral better than GaGa!! :)
November 21, 2009
I Tweeted this, but I don't know if yer on Twitter so I couldnt' @name you.
November 23, 2009
Thanks! I just RT your tweet. i'm @ariajuliet. and you can follow Walt to get updates on new songs he covers at @WaltRibeiro
November 21, 2009
Yay, another Lady GaGa fan!  My brother introduced me to this stuff a few months ago and I've been intrigued.  I absolutely love it when classical musicians create works like this.  Thanks for sharing, Aria!  More people need to learn about this awesomeness :)
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Aria Juliet Castillo ()
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I'm a graphic designer, originally from Hawaii and now I'm living it up in L.A.   I've been a vegetarian my entire life, but I am still obsessed with fast food, and I love eating … more
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