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Over Easy: Flashmobs

Wikipedia A flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, before quickly dispersing. They are often used for the purposes of entertainment, satire or artistic expression [2][3][4] and are organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.[5][6][7][8][9]

When a FB friend posted a link to a music site he asked, “What do Classical Music nerds do ?”. I of course responded “They perform Opera in the lady’s shoe department of a major department store. Not just any opera mind you, but Bizet’s Carmen – Toreador Song.

Or sometimes Ravel’s Bolero at a Shopping Center Bus Station.

Or The Carol of The Bells in a college food court..

These are but a few of the flash mobs that have been performed in various places over the years. And the best part is that the performers look like they are having as much fun as the audience is.

Some of my favourites are Ode to Joy done in a court yard by members of a symphony in Sabadell Spain. The High School that performed Anything Goes in a court yard. Or “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, Earth, Wind & Fire  in the Finnair Crew Lounge.

The point being the performers seem to appear out of no where, do their performance then disperse into the crowd. With no advance notice or warning.  And these days it looks as though most – if not all – are video taped and done very professionally. Like this one in Moscow. Well that’s one way to keep your blood moving on a cold Moscow day.

My favorite at Christmas time will be The Hallelujah Chorus performed by members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia in the Macys – old Wanamaker store – accompanied by Wanamaker Organ.

I’ll bet that was something else to see and hear as the Wanamaker Organ is one mother of a big pipe organ ! The KnightArts Foundation has been sponsoring a number of these performances.

Such as this one from The Nutcracker Suite. So don’t be surprised if you are exposed to some random act of culture or just a fun performance.


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