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A Surprising Performance at Macy's



The organ you will hear accompanying the singers, is the largest working organ in the world: 6 keyboards, and over 28,000 pipes!  Enjoy!  And it's in a Department Store! 

Friends, I received this email just this week and it just blew me away! This is a Christmas treat like none other...The Hallelujah Chorus song by seemingly ordinary every day people (actually not..just disguised).

Turn your speakers up HIGH!


 This is spectacular!   Random acts of culture.  The great Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in what was formerly Wanamaker's Dept. Store, Philadelphia...and is now ....who else, Macy's.  They still do mini-concerts daily and weekly on the great court organ. Macy's supports the continued use of this instrument, the most often publicly heard Pipe Organ in the USA, and arguably the world. A national treasure of the first caliber! Recent renovations and additions have resulted in the finest state of conservation and tonal quality ever.



And what better piece to have sung to organ accompaniment than The Hallelujah Chorus? It might be 'old hat' for us, and no doubt some snooty purists will tut-tut about this particular performance, but how great to see that they planted the singers amongst the crowds throughout the Grand Court at Macy's (Wanamaker's).  Note the response and respectful attention and delight of the shopping crowd ... mercy, don't we need MORE of these events???!!!


Merry Christmas!
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Room for More said...

Did you see the one I have on my blog? It was at a Canadian mall in the food court--same idea and it was done a few weeks ago. It will give you chills too! : )

Jill said...

This is just lovely Donna, thank you for sharing. :-)

Wanted to let you know I am having a holiday giveaway, if you get a chance stop by and enter!

http://blessingsofastayathomemom.blogspot.com/2010/12/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html

Have a great night!


Blessings,
Jill

Caroline said...

My aunt sent me this video ... it was amazing! I think if I was there I would cease to want to shop. I think it is amazing to think of what they are singing : "And he shall reign forever and ever!!" amongst all the trappings of what men think is valuable ...

Have a good day!

Lorraine said...

this is fabulous. we have been listening to christmas songs on the way to school as my husband sings in the liverpool male voice choir and we have been playing one of his choir recordings from last year..music definitely gets you in the christmas mood doesnt it!

Natasha said...

I have seen this too. Isn't it amazing!

I love this time of the year!

Blessings and best wishes always,
Natasha.

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