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October 24, 2009

Nashville in Harmony 'flash mobs' surprise city with songs

Out & About (TN):

Nashville in Harmony became a marauding mob recently - and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the city chorus unleashed what is known as a “flash mob” where a musical group surreptitiously mingles among an unsuspecting crowd and then, on cue, breaks out into song. Starting with just a few voices laying down the rhythm, the rest of the chorus gradually joined the ranks. Before the unsuspecting knew what hit them, NiH was delivering a full choral rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup”.

The chorus performed six such flash concerts during the course of a busy Nashville Saturday morning.

At 9 a.m., the group quickly congregated at the Nashville Farmers Market where just a few patrons were starting their day. Next was an invasion upon the Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza where quiet shoppers were sucked into the musical vortex only to be left with the ache of smiling faces and hands sore from clapping. Similar surprise attacks occurred throughout the day.

After a brief stop at the Metro Transit Authority Depot, NiH made its way to Centennial Park for a double assault upon the Dog Day Festival where not even hundreds of dogs could sniff out the mischief that was about to unfold. From there, they journeyed into Green Hills where NiHarmony stealthily descended upon the Hills Center. There, 60 to 70 members of the chorus performed inside the small space of Swoozies.

The final infiltration occurred in the food court at Whole Foods. It was an unplanned performance, but with short notice the management approved and the mission went forward, prompting customers and staff alike to sing and dance among the entrées. Several Whole Foods employees commented that the energy level was much higher after the flash mob and customers were friendlier and more talkative. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at October 24, 2009 12:00 AM


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