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.”
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.”
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.