The Hallelujah Chorus Wow’s Macy’s

This is spectacular! The Hallelujah Chorus has hit the Macy’s Parade. On Saturday, October 30, 2010, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia. They planted the singers amongst the crowds throughout the Grand Court at Macy’s.  Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers.

This event is one of 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to be funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. The initiative transports the classical arts out of the concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives.

This event was planned to coincide with the first day of National Opera Week.   What a shame that it could not have been to coincide with the start of Advent instead.  But still the response and delight of the shopping crowd is refreshing.

4 Responses

  1. Dear Sister,
    As is usual when I hear this magnificent chorus, I am humbled and reminded of who and what we are – children of the Most High and here with a purpose and a mandate to serve our Creator by serving His

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  3. Thankyou
    Each year we gear up for this marvellouis rendition and never tire of iot
    Have sung in church choirs many ,many years , and always near Christmas climaxed with the singing of this great Chorus

    Is there a location , near our home , Niagara, where it will be performed this year ?

  4. ben I am sorry this is not something that I can help you with. We are trying to find a performance in Sydney Australia. The internet is great for finding such things

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