I have a confession to make. I have a love for improv theater, random acts of kindness and flash mobs. In my humble opinion, flashmobs are a blend of improv and random acts of kindness. I would venture to say that most people nowadays have seen video footage of “traditional” flashmobs – the kind with spontaneous dancing where everyone moves in sync for a few minutes out of their day and then leaves as though nothing has happened. I am guilty of spending hours online doing something as simple as looking at youtube videos, and am usually amazed by the amount of talent out there.
In grade school, I played the violin. In highschool, it was the clarinet. In college I even took a class in playing the djembe. The theater program and the music program at the Univerity of Maryland – College Park were in the same building, and often, between classes, I’d sit and daydream listening to people pour their heart and soul into their music. I’ve tried to learn piano, and guitar, but I don’t really have the discipline to sit down and teach myself how to play, but I am acutely aware that I love music. It is a part of my day, everyday. There are many other “contemporary” musical loves in my life but there will always be a place in my heart for Classical and Opera.
You might be able to imagine how someone such as myself with a love for music of all kinds, but for the sake of this post, classical music, stumbled upon an entirely new-to-me genre of flashmob where music is played. It is called, fittingly, classical flashmob. I watched video after video of people performing selfless acts of kindness – sharing their love of music with complete strangers. It put a smile on my face, and hopefully it will do the same for you.
Here are two of my favorites:
1. The Copenhagen Philharmonic playing Peer Gynt to Copenhagen Metro Passengers
2. A FlashMob performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, 4th Movement (Ode to Joy) – no credit is given as to who the performers are, unfortunately
Experiencing a flashmob or improv event is something I’ve wanted to be witness to at the very least, if not participate in, since I discovered they existed a few years back. I’ve even toyed with the idea of forming my own group here in Ottawa. Perhaps in the plans for 2014?
But, alas, That’s all for now. I must go back to my knitting as there are only 15 more days for me to complete my Christmas knitting!!!