Random Acts of Culture

Reply Thu 29 Dec, 2011 11:27 am
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.

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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 09:32 pm
Lyn, that was one of the most stunning performances I've ever seen.
Loved the looks of shoppers as they looked on in awe and, in some cases, tears. I was in tears watching it on my computer screen.

Thank you for sharing such beauty.
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 09:47 pm
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 10:00 pm
Who gave this an "opera" tag? Handel's Messiah is an oratorio.
Lustig Andrei
Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 11:34 pm
True, that, but notice that the album cover says it's performed by the Opera Company of Chicago.

PS --no, it wasn't me that tagged it.
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Reply Sat 31 Dec, 2011 01:47 pm
The oratorio was still a wonderful distraction from the commercialism surrounding all those shoppers. And I'm sure they continued to shop, but they took a few minutes out to enjoy one of the truly beautiful traditions of Christmas.
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Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2012 05:50 am

A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass In Times Square

July 10, 2012Watch a "flash choir" descend upon Times Square to sing a world premiere of music by Philip Glass, commissioned by NPR Music in honor of the composer's 75th birthday.

Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2012 07:04 am
Oh, that's so great! Thanks for the link.
Reply Tue 21 Aug, 2012 07:23 am
I don't know that flash mobs are all so random - semi random! So far as I've seen, I like them.

Putting on the Ritz:

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