It’s not everyday that one gets to witness a spontaneous gathering of artists, singers, musicians, and dancers performing a perfectly rehearsed mass performance piece. And yet Dennis Scholl, the Vice President of Arts for the Knight Foundation, has overseen approximately 1,000 of these kinds of events around the country.
This past Friday, a man with a briefcase armed with a flute entered the lunchroom of Compuware’s World Headquarters in downtown Detroit and started a massive flash mob rendition of "Ode to Joy." Over 150 people took part in the milestone thousandth performance of "Random Acts of Culture."
For Scholl, the idea began after someone sent him a video of a spontaneous opera performance in Valencia, Spain, which ended with a participant holding up a sign that read, “So you think you don’t like opera?” Inspired, Scholl wanted to know what would happen if he could take the idea to the States and replicate it for an American audience.
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