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December 20, 2010

More flash mob scenes to keep the Christmas spirit percolating

The "Hallelujah" flash mob trend continues across the land this Christmas season.

You may recall the very cool scene in the Philadelphia Macy's (the site of historic Wanamaker's department store) where a mob of high-spirited choristers broke into the most famous portion of Handel's "Messiah" in the midst of unsuspecting shoppers. That was part of the most worthy project called Random Acts of Culture.

Now it looks like other folks are picking up on the idea (just as several opera companies emulated a flash mob idea that started in Europe). Last weekend, for example, the Annapolis Chorale put together a "Hallelujah" flash mob at a local Nordstrom as a plug for the group's performances of "Messiah." Alas, the audio/video quality of that performance is rather primitive. (You can check it out here.)

One particularly hot "Hallelujah" that has gone super-viral on YouTube was organized by Alphabet Photography in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and took place in a typical food court. In case you haven't already seen it, I've posted it here to keep the holiday cheer percolating:

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
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