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The Ultimate Christmas Flash Mob Video!

The Ultimate Christmas Flash Mob Video!


We featured this video last year and liked it so much, we’re doing it again.

Christmas flash mobs have become very popular over the last few years but so far none have matched the outstanding effort put forth by the Opera Company of Philadelphia in 2010.

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah is a staple of Christmas music for good reason but when singers from multiple groups joined to create this moment on video, history was made.

The looks on the faces of the unsuspecting shoppers are priceless and the quality of the performance is outstanding. If you’ve never seen this before, you’re in for a real treat.

8.9 Million YouTube viewers can’t be wrong.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Legal Insurrection!

Turn it up and enjoy:


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Ahhh, yes. I’ve been posting this same video every year since it first came out. I put it up on my Blackboard website for my students to enjoy while they await their final exam results. I figure most are praying anyway during that time. Also include a really nice American Military themed Christmas vid as well.

The administration of my university is REALLY big on emphasizing the multicultural character of the school (emphasis used to be academics). I figure the best way to indulge the many foreign students in my classes is to provide them with examples of American culture when possible and appropriate. After all that is surely one of the perqs they seek by selecting a university in the US, no? And, I make no apologies about this being a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian values.

While I am still searching for a good Hanukkah video (suggestions welcome), I do post “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” in my final message before “winter break”. I would note, having had 5 students from Saudi Arabia over the past 5 semesters, I’ve never received any blow back or complaints.

Here’s wishing good tidings and joy to all here at LI.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to DuraMater. | December 24, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Glad tidings of great joy to you, friend. I would ask one thing: reverse the order of the celebrations–Hanukah then Christmas to give the elder his rights of precedence.

      DuraMater in reply to Juba Doobai!. | December 24, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you for your wise and kind correction. I will remember for the future. Health, happiness and contentment to you and your loved ones.

Nice but this one’s actually my favorite –

    DuraMater in reply to jlronning. | December 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    That was terrific. Thanks for posting.

    What I appreciate about the Philadelphia Opera Co. video, aside from the quality of the production, is that it affords an opportunity for me to introduce my multicultural science major students to some unique ‘Cultura Americana’.

    I preface the video link with a bit of history on the Wanamaker pipe organ which accompanies the chorale and can be seen in the opening moments of the video and John Wanamaker, the man who brought music to commerce in the early 1900s America.