November 24, 2010
Ever wanted to dance in the mall or burst into song at the airport?
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched an initiative that might inspire millions around the US to do just that! The program, Random Acts of Culture, has been created to transport the classical arts out of concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives. For instance, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations and on October 30 throngs of singers from the community infiltrated Macy’s as shoppers. At 12 noon, they burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah to the delight of surprised shoppers. You can experience that event for yourself here.
To learn more about this program and view more events, visit random acts of culture.
I am thankful every day for the effect of music and the arts in my life and on this Thanksgiving I say thank you to The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for funding this great program. May these surprise performances bring joy to all who experience them. Happy Thanksgiving!