Opera Company of Philadelphia “Hallelujah!” Random Act of Culture

www.operaphila.org — 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 1000 “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. To learn more about this program and view more events, visit www.randomactsofculture.org. The Opera Company thanks Macy’s and the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ (http for their partnership, as well as Organ Music Director Peter Conte and Fred Haas, accompanists; OCP Chorus Master Elizabeth Braden, conductor; and Sound Engineer James R. Stemke. For a complete list of participating choirs and more information, visit www.operaphila.org This event was planned to coincide with the first day of National Opera Week. For clues about upcoming Random Acts of Culture, find us on Facebook www.operaphila.org or follow us on Twitter www.operaphila.org

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25 Responses to Opera Company of Philadelphia “Hallelujah!” Random Act of Culture

  1. matteocom717 says:

    2:24 she looks like a bird…

  2. DizzyLizzy802 says:

    There were high schools nearby participating in it. Mine included.

  3. bobo324mg says:

    Lol sorry not sure why i went off on you

  4. daspinmonkey says:

    jeepers, love the flash mobs, but get some better camera people and editors!!

  5. maillian says:

    Beautifully said!

  6. jewelmarkess says:

    Agreed. It always makes me laugh, all of those religious discussions that videos of music written on religious subjects seem to produce. I grew up in the Soviet Union, and guess what, people still appreciated beautiful music on religious subjects. Hey, I am a completely secular ethnically Jewish woman, and I sang in Handel’s Messiah chorus in a cathedral once. Great art transcends one’s beliefs or lack thereof or origin.

  7. EleniGRQT says:

    mind your own business you weirdo why would I ever tell anyone my age if I didn’t know them? plus it’s impolite to guess a person’t age. Didn’t your parents ever teach you that? -_-

  8. tadthemod says:

    King of King and Lord of Lords! EXACTLY the truth!

  9. tadthemod says:

    Are teenagers not allowed to sing? You have very old fashioned views! How old are you ? 113?

  10. EleniGRQT says:

    you know what really blew my mind? the teenagers were singing it too… xDDD

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  12. holt2k says:

    Blasphemy! It’s bad enough Jimmy Paige allowed that shit.

  13. bestdamnalex says:

    And a big fat lol at all the stupid discussions going on again. People should learn to enjoy music and shut the fuck up.

  14. bestdamnalex says:

    Flashmobs like this always make me wonder who is originally in the flashmob, and who is just singing along to be a part of it. Love it.

  15. spermmanners says:

    I am sorry – I am an Atheist – and I still find this amazing. You do NOT need to believe in any deity to appreciate music that is sung from the heart! Sorry to disappoint you believers. All that does, is display your arrogance.

  16. sqcomp1 says:

    Look at all the “real” shoppers turning around in amazement. I wish I could have been there for this spectacular event. 

  17. poopingeneral says:

    To all those who believe in nothing divine, and view death as desolate and bare as the Sahara desert itself. May this be truth to your ears: that there is indeed a creator, and that this creator is divine by nature.

  18. WanderLink says:

    Christ is God. And sorry people of other faiths, but listen to the lyrics of the song. It’s about Jesus. Look at the title it’s called Handel’s MESSIAH. Jesus Himself said no one get’s to the Father but through Him alone. This isn’t a coming together of many faiths or coexistence nonsense. There can be only one true way.

  19. tribefan9112003 says:

    An amazing bit of heaven……gives you a little hope that God is still praised and accepted in our country somewhere…..

  20. success2k says:

    Morons! this was NOT about praise!

  21. danielmkubacki says:

    Mr. Handel must have been dancing with joy in heaven when this event was taking place. A work from his Messiah being proformed by a large choir and on The Wanamaker Grand Court Organ.

  22. PIANZO2012 says:

    Woo this song is awesome!!! Only if you guys want could you have a watch of my piano cover of this song??.. please? If u want u can message me for the free music if you enjoyed it 🙂 THANKS GUYS! … /watch?v=wR_l2ESkxks

  23. Blowndodge says:

    Bless are those who believe in the Lord..

  24. Heysup1991 says:

    I’ve just finished a 5,000 word essay. I blasted this through the house, with my brother cracking up.

  25. donnafarish says:

    What does it matter Boris? Why not just enjoy it?!? I loved it! I’ve done this with SATB but this was wonderful too!!

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