Musical flashmobs: A tricontinental excursion


It’s been a while since we featured a musical flashmob compilation [previously], so we figured it’s about time to do it again, this time weith a tricontinental edition.

We begin in Europe with an offering from the soloists, choir, and musicians of the Vienna Volksoper, presenting a delightful interlude in the Austrian capital’s main railway station, on 4 June 2012:

Flashmob Carmina Burana

Program notes [via Google translation]:

Soloists, Choir, Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper gave a special performance in April, passengers and pedestrians. The artists broke away from the crowd – a “passer” began, more “passers” – as well as employees of ÖBB-clad artists – sat by and by

And from the main railway station [Hauptbahnhof] in Berlin, an all-woman brass band [Frauenblasorchester] staged their own flashmob last 13 May:

Flashmob Hauptbahnhof Berlin Frauenblasorchester

From the Gare du Nord in Paris, a flashmob performance of Bizet’s Arlesienne:

Program notes:

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 60 musicians showed up to play an excerpt of the “Arlesienne” by Bizet in the hall of Paris North station !

This flashmob launched the fourth edition of Orchestres en fête !, a tremendous and nationwide event organized since 2008. For ten days in November, 41 orchestras, all members of the French Association of Orchestras open their doors to everyone. All the events set up during Orchestres en fête !, like this flashmob, are dedicated to show that classical music lives in the very heart of the city !

And it’s not just in the stations. Here’s a video from the Berlin subway [U-Bahn]:

Was passiert wenn ein Mädchen in der U-Bahn anfängt zu singen? [What happens when a girl starts singing in the subway?]

Program notes [via Google translation]:

Girl catches the metro, starts to sing, passengers are totally confused, but then …

From Berlin’s main railway station again, another flashmob, this time featuring the dancing of the Berlin State Ballet:

Flashmob Hauptbahnhof Berlin Staatsballett Berlin

Program notes:

On March, 3rd 2011, at 5 pm at the main station in Berlin an unusual performance catched the attention of the travelers at the station! The event allowed Vladimir Malakhov and his company, the staff of the Staatsballett Berlin and the ballet and dancing schools to promote the new dance piece “OZ – The Wonderful Wizard” by Giorgio Madia.

On March 12th 2011 the Staatsballett Berlin-world premiere about the fantastic journey of little Dorothy took place at Komische Oper Berlin.

The performance at the main station was choreographed extra for this event by Giorgio Madia. The young dancers learned it at home by video or at their ballet and dancing schools.

Next, an offering from Cologne:

Star Wars Flashmob auf dem Wallrafplatz | WDR Rundfunkorchester | ARD

Program notes:

On the 1st of October [2012] the WDR Radio Orchestra mingled with the crowds on Cologne Wallrafplatz and surprised with well-known tones from a galaxy far, far away….

The WRO cherishes all kinds of good music, counting Operettas and Jazz, Rock and Pop, film and video game music to its repertoire.

And who knew? Square dancing, which every Colorado fifth grader had to learn, is alive and well in Germany. Our next video comes from Ruhr Park in Bochum, Germany, and features a square dancing flash mob:

Square Dance Flashmob Ruhr Park Bochum 23. Juli 2011

From Down Under, another sort of flashmob, featuring folks who didn’t have to travel:

Argo Opera Flash Mob

Program notes:

A normal saturday afternoon at Argo On The Parade in Adelaide, South Australia where the staff simply had the urge to break out into song. Its one of the ways we like to surprise our customers and give back to the community.

Finally, the most unlikely of flashmobs, and from the Big Apple:

Pipe Band Flash Mob at Battery Park, 8/25/12.

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One response to “Musical flashmobs: A tricontinental excursion

  1. Oh, these things are so uplifting!. Viewing one makes my day. Thanks.

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