2010: The year that Christmas surrendered to mob rule

Flash mob, that is.

Go ahead. Search YouTube for “Messiah” and “Flash mob,” and you’ll find how many shopping centers, food courts and malls, from Cleveland to Seattle, have staged these wonderful “spontaneous” performances of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

The fad has been studied by news outlets as varied as NPR and the Kansas City Star.

Unfortunately, not all the planned performances have been harmonious.   One mall in Sacramento had to be evacuated because a planned “Hallelujah” event became too crowded.  And in Europe, the obvious religious theme of Handel’s “Messiah” proved too much for one shopping mall, which refused to allow a flash mob performance because the shopping center, according to a spokesman, “is open to the general public and therefore must remain impartial towards any one religion or political leaning.”

Good grief.

Anyway: Deacon Eric Stoltz has a great summary of the phenomenon, along with the clip below, which remains one of the most cleverly executed renditions.   If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re in for a treat.

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  • http:cause-of-our-joy.blogspot.com Leticia Velasquez

    This is an encouraging sign of the times, but not unique.
    Way back in the seventies, my public high school chorus did a suprise performance of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” in the John F Kennedy Library in Boston. It earned us an enthusiastic ovation.
    Long live spontaneous song!

  • Frank W.M. Niesink – St. Catharines

    This well rehearsed performance took place in the Seaway Mall in Welland on November 13-2010.
    This St. Catharines based Chorus Niagara numbers about 80 and as of now the number of hits surpasses 24 million.
    Well done Chorus Niagara and Seaway Mall in the Niagara Peninsula.

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  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Hallelujah!!! What a most beautiful way to celebrate Christmas. I know it says here that there has been some news coverage of the phenomenon–But I watch a LOT of TV News and read at least 3 major daily newspapers and had not run across this story until here.
    But if any of these singing Christians had done anything gross, I doubt there would have been any shortage of coverage.

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