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Monday, November 8, 2010

Random Act of Culture - Flash Mobs

I came across a video by accident and I was so moved by its purpose, I had to share it! I'm just sorry I missed the event...it must have been absolutely incredible.

I've been in this Macy's a few times, and it holds The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, which is the largest operational musical instrument in the world. Here's a picture I took of it when I first moved to Philly:

Have you ever heard of a flash mob (click to watch my favorite one!)? I love love love them! One of the biggest was done for Oprah by the Black Eyed Peas.

So here is the newest in flash mobs -- it's called "Random Acts of Culture" and Philadelphia was lucky enough to get one.

From the video's description:

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation's "Random Acts of Culture" at Macy's in Center City Philadelphia. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ - the world's largest pipe organ - the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah" at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers. This event is one of 1,000 "Random Acts of Culture" to be funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. The initiative transports the classical arts out of the concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives.

Imagine walking through Macy's, minding your own business, and then you start hearing this? Those people standing around aren't average shoppers - they're professional singers. And although it's not as exciting as a dancing flash mob, the acoustics and singing must have been incredible -- that's not a recording you'll hear -- it's 100% live and in person. Watch the video below to see (the end is the best part!).


7 comments:

Anne said...

Oooh, I would so have joined in with that. How cool! :o)

Wendy said...

You better get in there and enjoy the Christmas show and tell us all about it! The Nutcracker, I think.

Kathryn said...

I am a fool for Flash Mobs and the Sound of Music clip is my absolute favourite. They always bring tears to my eyes and I am NOT that sort of a person. Thanks for sharing the incredible Hallelujah Chorus Flash... Choir?

Kaia said...

If you've not already seen it, you'll LOVE this. xo

http://www.hecklerspray.com/the-new-heathrow-airport-flashmob-by-t-mobile/201052584.php

Big Red said...

Oh I bet that was beautiful there.

Kathryn said...

Ooooh! Thanks for that one, Kaia! I also happen to love airports. Perfect!

Jane said...

That was so amazing!! Make sure you go see the Christmas light show.

Jane

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