Although I'm not due for another blog update for a day or two, I just had to pass this along.
It's a 'Flash Opera' that took place at the Macys in Philly this past Saturday.
650+ singers burst into the Hallelujah Chorus at noon. Startling weary shoppers and eliciting broad smiles.
Okay. I admit it. I'm a sucker for this type of thing (I'm often tickled by Improv Everywhere and their antics on YouTube). But this particular one put chill bumps on my chill bumps. Click on the link below and see what I mean.
Eric Voegelin once coined the phrase 'Immanentize the Eschaton' (loosely meaning: trying to create heaven on earth) back in the 50's. William F. Buckley popularized it by saying 'Don't Immanentize the Eschaton' a little later on. College student fans of Buckley even sported buttons quoting him.
And with all the religious fruitcakes that dot our landscape I would have to agree with that sentiment.
After hearing and sharing in the joy of these singers on the video, I must admit that perhaps I caught a brief glimpse of the Eschaton.
Sometimes God shows up. Even in Macys.
Like in the voice of that middle-aged black woman.
Or in that toddler dancing in the outstretched arms of her dad.
Or in that Generation Y guy taking pictures with his iPhone.
Or in that ten-year-old-boy who surely must've been wondering what the hell was going on.
I especially loved the placard that announced to those in attendance that they had just experienced 'A Random Act of Culture'. Kudos to the Opera Company of Philadelphia and all the choral groups who shared their voices.
I know this blog has nothing to do with food.
But perhaps we should all watch the video and chew on it for awhile. Bon appetit!