“Ode to Joy” Flash Mob Unites Hundreds

The finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony may well be the single most famous movement in all of classical music. Its majestic music and its text (to a poem by Friedrich Schiller) espousing brotherly love have become the soundtrack of choice for occasions when humanity desires to celebrate being one with itself.

And what says “Citizens of the world, unite!” better than a flash mob? It was only a matter of time before someone created a flash mob – one of those great mass displays of humanity in all its collective inventiveness  – on the “Ode to Joy” of Beethoven’s Ninth. In the video above, musicians of Spain’s Vallès Symphony Orchestra participate in a flash mob to celebrate the city of Sabadell, Spain, on the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell.

  • Jlaurush

    This is very cool.   Reminds me of being in Spain last year, listening to a quartet on the plaza near Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona.  The little kids were so mesmerized.  This is even better because it’s such a tour de force.

    • Jennifer Hambrick

      Glad you liked the flash mob video.  What a fun experience you had in Spain.  Thanks for writing in!

  • MomOf2GreatKids

    Wow…wow…wow…chills, tears, excitement – this made me feel so many different things. Maybe these types of artistic and unifying experiences in all cultures around the world could be used to promote a sense of unity and peace and love of fellow humans. Bravo!!!!

    • Jennifer Hambrick

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I can only applaud your suggestion that flash mobs have tremendous potential to unite us.  And I think Beethoven would applaud, too. 

  • Billblaine

    Absolutely amazing but, how  was the exceptional recording quality and mix, achieved?

  • Jaeger K

    It’s what White people do. Blacks would have been violent.

  • Stewaart

    Nice comments lady from ireland