A Random Act of Culture

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If you were one of the lucky shoppers at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia at noon on Saturday, October 30, 2010, you enjoyed an unforgettable experience!


The Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform an impromptu rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah,” accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ, the world’s largest pipe organ. This special event was one of a series of “Random Acts of Culture” to be sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. This video is so inspiring, I can’t wait to see and hear the next event in the series. Who knows, I might even be one of the unsuspecting people in the crowd to be surprised and delighted when it happens!

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Steve Kupferschmid
Trombone player, widely published composer and arranger of choral music. Former editor at Shawnee Press. Retired from his position as school choral music editor at J.W. Pepper.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I saw this video as well, and was so inspired! I got on the Opera Co’s mailing list so I can have a chance to be a part of their next event. I also shared it with my chorus group, so maybe we can start something like this, too.

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