A Random Act of Culture

Posted November 5th, 2010 by Dr. Jerry Montgomery

 

The Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together more than 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations on Saturday, October 30, 2010, to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia.

Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at 12 noon, to the delight of surprised shoppers.

This event is one of 1,000 “Random Acts of Culture” to be funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation over the next three years. The initiative transports the classical arts out of the concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives. To learn more about this program and view more events, visit randomactsofculture.org.

(A big THANK YOU to my colleague and friend, the Rev. F. Mark Dowdy, for finding this gem. Now go out and share it with someone else!)

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