Ode to Flash Mob

This is making the rounds of the internet, but I’m still going to post it because it’s wonderful: an orchestral flash mob of more than 100 people, performing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” in front of a very appreciative Spanish crowd. (The big surprise to me: a bank sponsored it, as part of its 130th anniversary celebration. Can we get some of that from US banks, please?)

It’s especially fun to watch the reaction shots from the crowd. I love the ones who can’t resist “helping” the conductor (I’d be in that group), but my favorite was the man who grinned and said something that could not be heard over the music — but you don’t need to hear him to read his lips.

My favorite comment on this video: “I…I think I got something in my eye.” Yeah…me too.

(Note: available in HD, so biggify it if you can.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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13 Responses to Ode to Flash Mob

  1. Lilaine says:

    The European Anthem played by a European Orchestra to celebrate a European bank’s anniversary. πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll get the equivalent from one of your banks.
    My favorite spectator is the young girl on the lamppost πŸ™‚

  2. Karyn says:


  3. Ha, Lilaine, I thought the kid on the lamp post was OEx’s alter ego. πŸ˜‰ This is not the scene that comes to mind when I think “flash mob,” but it sure was an awesome performance. Thanks for sharing.

  4. JR says:

    This reminds me of the video you posted last year (https://oregonexpat.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/best-flash-mob-ever/) of the flash mob at the Copenhagen Central Station. Does this new one now own the title of “Best Flash Mob Ever”?

    • That Copenhagen one’s neat too! Now I can’t decide which goal to add to my bucket list: OBSERVE a flash mob or PARTICIPATE in a flash mob. Oh heck, why not both? πŸ˜‰ Soooo cool … I love the way the orchestra quietly reabsorbs into the crowd at the conclusion and the audience looks around like “WTH?” Also, and maybe I just lack adequate powers of observation, but does anyone else see any camera operators in the crowd (other than those with phones) that are capturing this scene from dozens of different angles? The filming alone is a technical masterpiece.

    • oregon expat says:

      Hm. That’s a hard call…I don’t think I can have just one favorite.

  5. Carys says:

    Can’t help but smile – thank you!

  6. xenatuba says:

    Really liked this one. I loved all the conductors…

  7. picklematter says:

    Reblogged this on picklematter and commented:
    i. LOVE. this. stuff.

    Posted something similar on facebook months ago. I am reminded of my friend Vernon, who conducts the SOIS Symphony at the Osaka International School, and whose dream it is to do something like this with his students…

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