Celebrate Christmas – Ode to Joy (Not to be missed)


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 VallèsAmics de l’Òpera de SabadellCoral 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.

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  • Владимир Собко

    This heavenly music, because everyone in this world choir singing, obeying the voice of his creativity; and the king of the world rejoices and exults with his angels in honor of the great Creator, and to multiply the joy of heaven: it is the holy game of creative forces in the heart of God.

    When dates heavenly music of the angels, the heavenly glory, in the nature of divine beings grow all kinds of artistic images and colors for the Divine manifests itself endlessly and unsearchable variety of sorts, colors, shapes and joys …

    • AMEN! Thank you and Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth — Goodwill to all

      • Владимир Собко

        Что же делают ангелы, когда они не поют? Вот смотри, что делает Божество природы, то делают также и они … С кем же я сравню теперь ангелов? По справедливости сравню их с малыми детьми, когда в мае месяце, в пору цветения роз, они выходят вместе гулять среди прекрасных цветочков, и срывают их, и плетут себе из них красивые венки, и несут их в руках, и радуются, и говорят без умолку о разных видах прекрасных цветов, и берут друг друга за руки, уходя гулять среди прекрасных цветочков, а когда приходят домой, то показывают их своим родителям, и радуются; и родителя тогда тоже утешаются о детях своих, и радуются вместе с ними.
        Так делают и святые ангелы на небе; они берут друг друга за руки, и гуляют в прекрасных небесных цветущих лугах, и говорят о приятных и прекрасных произрастаниях небесной славы, и вкушают от благодатных плодов Божьих, и играют прекрасными небесными цветочками, и сплетают себе красивые веночки, и радуются в прекрасных цветущих лугах Божьих.