One of my favorite holiday things ever was going with my family to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to do a Handel's Messiah Sing-Along. It was always fantastic to grab our copies of The Messiah and head down to Heinz Hall to sing with the other music geeks in the Pittsburgh area. It's been a long time since I've done that, but I remember those evenings with great fondness.
Really, no matter how many times I hear it, the Hallelujah Chorus just gets me. I know it's become a hugely cliche piece of music, but it doesn't change the fact that it's really a pretty stunning work of art. I don't remember as much of the alto line as I would like, but I remember more of it than I thought I did.
In addition to liking that piece, I absolutely love those Improv Everywhere and Random Acts of Culture events. So I was absolutely thrilled to see the Random Act of Culture where a crowd of hundreds broke into the Hallelujah Chorus at a Macy's in Philadelphia. It is really just a beautiful moment. I sometimes feel a bit bombarded by pop culture and it's nice to see that there are still a number of people who have an appreciation for more classical endeavors as well. Don't get me wrong. I've been belting out Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas. But taking a minute to sing a round of the Hallelujah Chorus? Yeah, I'll do that too.
Did you ever perform the Hallelujah Chorus? What part did you sing/play? What's your favorite flash mob video?