Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Random Acts of Culture

submitted by Delores Dufner, OSB

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the quantity of e-mails in my box, and I find myself wishing I were less connected via technology. But then I get a special message that makes all the other mail worthwhile. That happened a few days ago, when I viewed an extraordinary event at a mall in Philadelphia. The Opera Company of Philadelphia, sponsored by the Knight Foundation, had  engaged 600 choristers to mingle anonymously with shoppers at Macy’s. Precisely at noon, the 600 singers burst into Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, accompanied by the world’s largest pipe organ. The look on shoppers’ faces was one of amazement and delight at this Random Act of Culture, one of the thousand events being planned for the next three years across the country. I see on YouTube that over five million people have viewed this video-- maybe you are one. If not, take the time to enjoy it below.

If you enjoyed that one, how about these talented opera singers at a mall in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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