What happens when the Flash Mob concept does a costume change? It becomes “Flash Opera,” that’s what. Recently, the Opera Company of Philadelphia popped up at Macy’s in downtown Philadelphia with 650 singers from 28 different choirs around the region to join organists Peter Conte and Fred Haas to sing the “Hallelujah” Chorus from Handel’s great oratorio Messiah, in a Random Act of Culture.
Unsuspecting shoppers were browsing amidst a holiday mashup combination of Christmas trees and Thanksgiving cornucopia when the organ struck up the opening bars of “Hallelujah”. The singers rocked retail in grand style. No matter that Handel’s masterpiece is Easter music. Holidays are like sports seasons in America…it’s all one long re-mix. Random Acts of Culture is a project of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Let me sing their praises!