Random act of culture

Hat-tip to Gary Jenkins for the link to this video.

This is one of “1,000 random acts of culture” to be performed over the next 3 years in the US. in this one 650 choristers enter the store and sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. You probably know that when it is played traditionally that everyone stands for this chorus. It goes back to when George II first heard it he stood up and as royal protocol dictates that if the monarch is standing so too does everyone else, everyone else rose. The tradition has lasted since then.

Fabulous idea. Enjoy!


2 comments on “Random act of culture

  1. nig
    November 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    great stuff

    Just contemplating organising the first Springfield flashmob event [maybe a little less highbrow]

  2. Grace Gardner
    November 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Opera Italia, 3 part one hour long documentary on BBC4 on Friday nights at 19.30. To go back in history and get the narratives of the great composers is so very interesting. It is a repeated prog….. and Italy is breathtaking – the opera houses, the architecture. Last nights was Monteverdi, Rossini, Handel & Mozart. ‘Conductor Antonio Pappano traces the history and he enlists help of singers Juan Diego Florez (very nice!),Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese.’

    Europa Concert a few wks ago also fabulous. I love watching Daniel Barrenboim so expressive, such great use of humour in the minutae of facial expression, gets the very best from his musicians. The music is alive when he conducts I feel. Years old ambition – New Years Eve Concert in Vienna with he conducting. Glued to TV for it every ‘jahr’.

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