Lately, flash mobs have become the trendy thing to do. Enter “flash mob” as a search term into YouTube, and you’ll find people doing all sorts of odd things – singing the Hallelujah Chorus in a food court, dancing in the Dubai International Airport, and even proposing marriage at the UCLA campus. Now, a professional symphony orchestra has gotten in on the action. The Copenhagen Philharmonic did a flash mob performance of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero at Copenhagen Central Station on May 2, 2011 under the direction of conductor Jesper Nordin.
Bolero is an awesome choice for a flash mob performance. It starts out with a lone snare drum, gradually adding instruments through the duration of the work. During this particular performance, individual players showed up, unpacked their instruments, and joined in. By the climax of the piece, an entire symphony orchestra was treating unsuspecting listeners to an enthusiastic performance. You can check out the video below.
- Copenhagen Philharmonic Flash Mob (VIDEO): Symphony Plays Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Copenhagen Phil Goes Viral With Symphony Flash Mob (socialtimes.com)
- “Bolero,” now leaving from track 5 (brobrubel.wordpress.com)