WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 — Banco Sabadell creates a flash mob to create a moment of pure “Ode to Joy” when on the evening of May 19, a single, tuxedoed street performer was activated by a young girl dropping coins into his topbhat. The musician began playing a bass for people strolling around the Plaça de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain (just north of Barcelona).
As the deep resonance of the instrument drifted over the plaza, passers stopped to listen, and then, other musicians joined the bassist until the sole pefromer turned into a mass ensemble performing a movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony — including more than 100 musicians and singers from the Orchestra Simfònica del Vallès, Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell, Coral Belles Arts, and Cor Lieder Camera.
This was created by Banco Sabadell on the 130th anniversary of the group’s founding. Their goal was to pay homage to the city of their name by means of the campaign “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell).
Their YouTube page states that “This is the flashmob that we arranged…”
Members of the Odessa Philharmonic and Opera Chorus created their classical flash mob on March 25, during a Saturday of shopping at the Privoz Fish Market in Odessa, Ukraine, which is said to be an intense, bustling part of the city’s everyday life.
The Odessa Philharmonic and Odessa Opera Chorus recently tried to elevate the experience for some shoppers by staging an “Ode to Joy” flash mob performance in the middle of the bazaar.
The “Ode to Joy,” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, also happens to be the anthem of the European Union. The musicians told a local newspaper that they wanted to make a statement about Ukrainian unity, so they selected this ode to unity and brotherhood. Hobart Earle is the conductor. Watch what happens:
We can only hope that this idea will translate into orchestras from Chicago to China, dancers in Duluth, Idaho and Rio de Janeiro creating their own Odes to Joy.
In the comments, tell me this did not make you smile, cry, or sway.