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Awesome! Pop-Up Hallelujah Chorus at Macy's

Just this past weekend, shoppers at the the Macy's in Philadelphia (the old Wanamaker building) were surprised when over 600 choristers who were there mingling with regular shoppers suddenly burst into Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. It's pretty awesome.

The Opera Company of Philadelphia was instrumental in bringing it together to perform one of the Knight Foundation's "1000 Random Acts of Culture" which they'll be doing over the next three years across the country. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ - the world's largest pipe organ - the singers burst into song at exactly noon.

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Nzie (theRosyGardener) said...

What a great project, and this is amazing! Thanks for posting- would have been sorry to miss it.

Anonymous said...

God bless all those souls who participated in the cutural act. Thank You.

ceciliamschwartz said...

Wow! It's great seeing that random acts of culture are also random acts of beauty!

Jpac said...

The unaffected ladies in the red devil's horns were a nice touch...

elm said...

This gave me God-bumps.

Therese Z said...

Gorgeous. LOVE these surprise events, even when they're part of commercials (the T-Mobile dances are fantastic!)

priest's wife said...

I love the Messiah- and this song is relatively simple to do this- one of the best possible ways to do the Messiah is a "Sing your own Messiah"- people bring music and sit in their SATB sections and sing chorus, professional soloists do the solos- sublime!

dmliving said...

Hey, guys... notice that random acts of "culture" are also specific acts of CHRISTIAN praise?? Those were Christians singing about the Christ! Glory to God!!

Anonymous said...

That's my kind of culture! Wonder how many shoppers joined in. I certainly would have been one of them!

Former soprano

Anonymous said...

I was overcome with emotion and there was a mixture of joy and tears.

Anonymous said...

Waiting for Obama and his "We are not a Christian nation" speech to break out...and silence this beautiful event in the name of separation of Church and state, etc. etc. etc. God will not be mocked!!!

Anonymous said...

Betcha this gave Jesus goosebumps.

Anonymous said...

Fond memories of my childhood resurfaced while viewing this one. Mom and Dad used to take us to their Christmas light show every year when I was young. This just brings it all into the 21st century for me. God bless you ALL!

Anonymous said...

I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the music, the lyrics and all the people enjoying themselves. What a wonderful way to spread the word of God and demonstrate the richness of western culture. I laughed and cried. Thank you.

Stella Oriens said...

Just another superb example of what happens when you forget the cost and build major instruments into your essentially commercial enterprises for the good of the public.

Anonymous said...

Wanamaker would have been proud -- he was a staunch Christian!

Anonymous said...

Singers included students from Catholic Villanova University, where my daughter sings for Villanova Voices

Anonymous said...

My 9 yr old loved it! Of course I blew the culture thing because he wanted to know the words so I pulled up the "silent monk chorus" version.

Anonymous said...

Great idea. The only problem was keeping all of the singers and the organ together. Under the circumstances that was a problem and in like circumstances would always be a problem. No one seemed to be bothered by it because the benefits outweighed the problem by a long shot.

Anonymous said...

Only Music has the power to change the hearts of people all over the world. With all of the divisiveness, stress, and time wasted fighting each other, arguing with each other, distrusting each other, and hating each other. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to the words of this wonderful piece of music. God is! However we approach him, "And He shall reign forever, and ever......"! As human beings we are members of one globe, one family.

Anonymous said...

Stunningly awesome..bringing thrills and chills! One of the most fantastic pieces of music ever composed..about the most fantastic events in all of Creation: the Birth and Resurrection of our Saviour JESUS CHRIST who reigns FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. HALLELUJAH!!!

Anonymous said...

There is probably nothing more incredible to the ears than Handel's Messiah.

Anonymous said...

This was so beautiful to view and hear. Thank you for filming this. Macy's supports Planned Parenthood so I was surprised they allowed the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is against Abortion to be played in their store. Hopefully, it is a
change of heart of the corporate executives to see that LIFE is Precious as represented here.
HALLELUJAH, INDEED! JESUS, WE TRUST IN YOU.!
Every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. HALLELUJAH. AMEN!!!

The Watcher said...

As always, I was brought to tears of joy at this hymn.

Former college baritone/bass.

Anonymous said...

also moved to joy. why be divisive? it was a wonderful moment and no one was forced to sing along or listen for that matter--but anyone who wanted to was free to enjoy the voices & music--and worship the Lord, if they wished! Amen--my idea of religious freedom. Openness instead of a gag order.

TrumpetOfTheLord said...

Praise be to our Lord God Most High ! I cannot fathom this happening in Philadelphia of all places in the US, but praise God it did !

Rev. Tom Bird
Du Bois,PA

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, uplifting, inspiring, refreshing

Anonymous said...

Our family is greiving the death of our Mother. She loved this music as do we and we are so grateful to have this to share with the world. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Christine said...

Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Praise God for the freedom in America to sing about the King of Kings and Lord of Lords,Jesus Christ. This one brought tears.

Sharon said...

This is so awesome! I love it when they do these things. It lifts everyone's spirit as no other medium can. Everyone was smiling, and obviously loving what was happening around them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God for His Unspeakable Gift! Thanks be to God for voices that STILL PROCLAME HIS GLORY!
AMEN and AMEN!!!!!!!!!!

Deborah A Calnan said...

I hope that I am one day the lucky recipient of an event like this one. It lifted me up so high to see this happening in a public place and completely accepted. God is good! Thank you to all who participated in this incredible presentation of the Messiah and sharing it with the world.

Brian Sacco said...

Praise the LORD. That was an awsome performance. I would love to have been there.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful. Renews your faith in America. I hope we get this in Pittsburgh. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this program together.

Anonymous said...

Unbelieveably beautiful. It sounded like a great chorus of angels and they surely were for performing and giving this random act of culture to the world.

Anonymous said...

If we only had more of this perhaps we would see peace on earth. Simply beautiful.

Leah Haught said...

Oh how I wish I could have been in Philadelphia to witness this magnificent act of worship. While viewing the video I must admit I know how David must have felt when he danced before the Lord! God bless each person that participated in this wonderful event!

John Huff said...

Once again the Lord reminds us in another random way he is still here with us. Praise Him !

Anonymous said...

What could be more American than consumers singing about the Messiah? In a department store, no less, credit cards at the ready.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be at one of these "Random Acts of Culture". My eyes got a little moist at the end.

Diane said...

This was absolutely wonderful, I'm so glad that I found it and so wish I'd been there - just a tiny taster of what it will be like in heaven one day. I'm so glad that we still have the freedom to worship our wonderful God and Saviour in public - long may it continue!

Anonymous said...

how wonderful it must have been to be there in person for this beautiful presentation! i wonder if any athiest groups protested; somehow i doubt it. i'm an american living in egypt and this will be replayed over and over for my own pleasure during this time of the year. sadly, it's just not a part of this culture.

jim

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Powerful, Inspiring and not only a Random Act of Culture, but a Random Act of Kindness. Note the Date: October 30, so people would naturally be dressed for All Halloweds Eve. The only think that stings are the comments making this blessed moment about partisan politics. Grow up people who can't let it go for one moment. Hallelujah to those who can!

Gae said...

I loved it...wish they would our way! I ish more groups like this existed. Gave me goosebumps...thankyou!

Kathy said...

absolutely Fabulous and Inspiring
The World needs this
Thank you,
Kathy

Anonymous said...

Question for dmliving re "Those were Christians singing about the Christ!": How could you tell the singers were all Christian?

Just wondering.

=O.

- Charlie Bernstein, Augusta, Maine

Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL!!! Would have loved to have been a part. :D

Chuck said...

As a former PHILADELPHIAN a visit to Macy's (formerly Wannamakers) giant organ was always on my list of things to do for Christmas. GREAT PRESENTATION. Don't miss two others at the Reading Terminal and the Italian Marker.
CHUCK DAVIS, MBS 1948

Anonymous said...

Made my heart swell! How I would have loved to be there and participate. Hope the Acts of Culture continue everywhere.

Dr. Joseph Amanfu said...

The America which attracted me to migrate here about 30 years ago is coming back!!!!

I wish we could have this in Tallahassee Florida!

Rhonda said...

Awesome!!! Thank You!

Anonymous said...

One of the nicest things I have seen in ages! What a great idea, hope it spreads across the country!!

Anonymous said...

Glad I was able to watch from Amman, Jordan.. Awesome.. wish I could have been there

Julie said...

Fabulous! A little heaven came down in Philadelphia that day. It's a random act of CHRISTIAN culture, people. Remember that. Thank God for the Western inheritance of individual freedom and the value of each person. Awesome to see the joy on the faces, people of every race, freely listening to this with no fear somebody would shut it down. I love America!

Anonymous said...

Amen, Julie!

Is there anything more glorious on this side of heaven than the sound of the king of instruments blending with the sound of beautiful singing!

All praise and glory to God and to His Son Jesus our Messiah!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Magnificent! What an opportunity to experience great music and Christ's message at the beginning of this season.
Rebecca, Pensacola, Florida

Anonymous said...

MIKE REYES
THIS MADE MY HEART SING WHAT A GLORIUS WAY TO PRAYS OUR KING OF KINGS JESUS. MAGNIFICENT!
A TRUE BLISSING TO ALL OF US AND THE OURLD THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU HAVE MADE MY YEAR.
I PRAY THAT GODS BLISSING FILL ALL OF YOU .

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this beautiful interlude! What a brilliant idea!

Anonymous said...

This brought tears. I find it interesting that commenters tack on their particular "take" on Christianity to this event. This piece of music is universal. The moment of people of all persuasions being able to share in this joy-----this is about God, not about one set of rules or another. It is not even December, but it feels like it now!

Suzanne said...

And how wonderful that all the dissenters of this kept quiet and didn't voice their disapproval in this concert of praise to our Lord Jesus Christ......BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL....God sings over us too...everyone looked full of the Christ...mas spirit already.

Anonymous said...

What a glorious event. Praise God!! It would be lovely if this happened all around the world. It brought tears to my eyes and I bet the angels in heaven were singing as well.

Anonymous said...

Truly wonderful!! To God be the glory.

Anonymous said...

This performance was so moving I cried tears of joy!!! To think the Son of God being praised in Macy's in the middle of the day and all the people present enjoying every moment. That is what makes this country great! To sing to God and not worry about political correctness, this is what captures hearts and builds true tolerance. God Bless the performers and God Bless Macy's for allowing such a wonderful event!

Anonymous said...

Please come to California!!

Nancy Lea Ross said...

Random Act of CHRISTIANITY! My heart SOARED to the HEAVENS!!! I hope that, wherever you are, you have the COURAGE to break into song, and just see how many join in. "I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING IN PERFECT HARMONY" This is "THE REAL THING"!!!

Anonymous said...

Viewing the above comments, I would say that there is still a remnant of God's children in America--PRAISE GOD !! Wouldn't it be wonderful for this event to pop up all accross America?!! We are still a Christian Nation!!!

Anonymous said...

That was EXTRAORDINARY!! It brought tears to my eyes. I wish I was there.

Joan

Anonymous said...

One of my most memorable childhood events was a "character" story of a Christian business man named John Wannamaker, told by my mother, at Vacation Bible School. Mr. Wannamaker would be SO PLEASED at this venue. Christ is honored by this activity and I am grateful to the example of my mother in a small country church who sought to ensure that children had examples of Christian character. Mr. Wannamker's (and my mother's) influence lives on.

Clyde Ray List said...

What a strange video! I didn't know whether to up-chuck or laugh with joy.

Anonymous said...

This is the most awsome idea ever!!!!!! I would love to have been a part of it. keep up the good work. Christian or not, it is a part of Classical Music History and one that many if not most will recognize....and enjoy either listening to or participating in.

Arturo DeVitalis said...

We all know and recognize that music bypasses the intellect and goes right to the heart (Spirit). Thank you for feeding my spirit, and possibly gently knocking on closed hearts.

Anonymous said...

For all those who are stridently against another person's religion, this music and this "random act of culture" should surely lay waste to the trivialities of this world, for the Almighty by whatever name is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and we continue to hope for the kingdom of this world to become the Kingdom of our Lord.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! Hope this spreads to other Macy stores.
It was good to see the happy faces of people joining in the chorus.

Adel Kunisawa said...

Oh what a lovely way to begin my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you God, for working through us, your people. Helps us to lay our differences aside so that our similarities can come forth. Would love to encounter this in Maui.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful! I loved the music, the message, and the looks on the people's faces as the singers proclaimed Christ in the marketplace. Perhaps a bit misnamed as a "Random" act of Culture, though. It obviously took a great deal of planning, which worked out quite well!

GINGER said...

Praise God and all the Angels and Saints! Just imagine what it must have like there in that mall when the scattered voices started singing. Just viewing this video of the event caused me to have (as someone posted here) "God bumps". How blessed I feel that we are STILL able to praise Jesus Christ in an open venue like this one.

Noryb the cynical said...

Brilliant! Get everyone to think that Christmas shopping is equal to God praise. "Angels we have heard on high... tell us to go out and buy." This is a fantastic tribute to America's true god: the almighty dollar. If only we could feel this good about shopping all year round. Maybe a reprise for Easter? Be still my sacred capitalistic heart. One can only hope.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely breathtaking - Please don't cheapen/sully it by inserting Fundamentalist dogma/politics. Note that one of the groups making this soul-soaring music was the Gay Mens' Chorus of Philadelphia.

A random act of culture and beauty for all.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Yes Yes! Praise Jesus. This was wonderful and I cried tears of joy watching the people getting involved and enjoying it. This should come to every mall in the country (especially Vermont, because we need it so badly). I know that probably isn't possible but it certainly is an inspiration. Keep praising Jesus. He loves it and he really loves you!

Glennis said...

Wonderful.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful piece of music and a gorgeous organ to lead all those voices. I wish the words were different so that people would not go off on religious tangents. This was a cultural moment not a day in church. Leave God and Jesus where they belong, in the church and your own person. Let the rest of us enjoy the moment for what it is.

Anonymous said...

Absolutly beautiful. What some don't seem to is God and Jesus belong every where and is. Please don't be so blind. I really feel so sorry for those who don't want to see God in all things for He is everywhere. Just stop and listen.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic way to surprise that shopping crowd and make them realize that there is a God among us. Hallelujah

Bernie

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Praise the Lord! I couldn't stop the tears! Wish I had been there!

Ellen said...

How beautiful, One of the most glorious pieces ever written. Why do some of the comments have to bring their individual religions into this? It was to bring people together, and it did. It was about Culture, not about forcing Jesus down someones throat. How Christ puts up with his followers is beyond me!

Tom Dewey said...

Random act of culture? For me it was a random act of praise! An inspiring moment that stopped people in their tracks and brought them together for a few magic moments.

Kendra said...

It's so wonderful that when the audience no longer floods into the concert hall that the concert comes to where the audience is...the department store! How inspired!

Anonymous said...

If this doesn't stir your soul, you're dead. Our God reigns! Maybe a little taste of heaven on earth...God's people singing His praises with excellence and joy!

Anonymous said...

Emotion manipulating music coupled with the blind faith of people who have not a clue what Jesus taught. Conspicuous consumption, women in red with horns, war’s eagle cast in bronze… who doubts God loves us more than “they”. We should send this to every bombed out hovel in Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and especially Haiti as living proof. Send it to all those Americans who’ve lost their homes to Wall Street greed. Send it to desperately poor Mexicans.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting moment!! Regardless of anyone's personal belief, let's be respectful of how it touched each person and grateful for this moment of magical unity and joy!

Anonymous said...

Like that. "Random act of culture"...culture is religion externalized. One of the most beautiful pieces ever written. How awesome that we can share in that moment in a mall even if we weren't there! How cool! Hope they do this in every mall!

Erin Berns said...

Music is the most tangible way to improve quality of life! I believe there is a specific reason why our Creator God intricately placed our voice between our head and our hearts! This is moving. <><

Anonymous said...

Well said, Erin. Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Imagine what Heaven will be like! Thanks for all who put this together, you blessed me.

Anonymous said...

This is a musical event, not a partisan religious event. It's sad that people feel the need to proselytize. You don't have to be Christian to sing this music and enjoy it, and those who want to use it to promote their narrow religious aims miss the point that it's a public cultural activity--inclusive, not exclusively Christian.

Anonymous said...

I am envious of their vocal opportunity and this is just magnificant. This is how our church sounds on Sundays and the music brings GOD so close to our lives and families. We of course are smaller in volume and greater in belief. You have definately blessed our day and lives.

The Woodlands, Texas

Anonymous said...

Each time I hear this chorus it reminds me of being a young 18-year old GI member of the base chapel choir at Dreux AB in France in 1957. The wing Sgt. Major, M/Sgt Edward Levau was the director, and T/Sgt Elton Britton was the organist/pianist. I still have a copy of the official photograph of the Base Commander, Col. Churchill handing the award to Chaplain Hofstad and Sgt Levau for winning second place in the United States Air Force chapel choir contest. Sgt Levau and the choir practiced parts of the Messiah for several months before recording it for the competition.

Anonymous said...

made me shiver with emotion. love the Tenor part. rich harmony and strong chorus. Maybe we could do one of these in the Capitol Rotunda, acapela.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please come to San Francisco & Los Angeles. California needs God's angelic voices to pierce the darkness covering so many hearts and minds. Just look at our election results!!! Pray for California. Thank you for this inspiring moment. This truley is a taste of heaven! To God be the Glory!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely thing to do and to witness...forget Christian, non-christian, politics, etc.....just thanks for the HAPPY!

Anonymous said...

This IS a Christian Nation, Mr. President!

Anonymous said...

Reminds of the time I was in Tower Records when a rock version of Amazing Grace began playing over the speakers. The store full of people joined in. It was very nice and felt like being in a musical.

Anonymous said...

it brought tears to my eyes, I wish I could have been there.
November 10, 2010

Anonymous said...

I posted the previous comment about Amazing Grace then saw this comment, "This IS a Christian Nation, Mr. President!" It is not the site's fault that some would ruin the experience for the rest of us.

Ours is not a Christian nation but many of us are Christians or Jews, or Muslims, or Buddists. Some of us among the good people in this nation are aethiest and can enjoy an uplifting concert regardless if the words are praising a God or not.

Diana said...

Beautiful, I could only imagine how majestic it was to be there.

Anonymous said...

God works in wondrous ways! May we soon be a part of this chorus in heaven! Praise Him for orchestrating this preview!

Michael said...

No, of course this is not a Christian nation. It is a nation which happens to be the home of many Christians. I am an atheist and sing in a choir which often praises a God I do not believe in. I have no problem with this because I believe all music is sacred in that it is an exaltation to the wonder of existence. I am; therefore I sing.

Angelica said...

There is HOPE !!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Uplifting. What a great reminder of a GREAT GOD and SAVIOR we have, if only we ask!

Anonymous said...

What a glorious way to kick off the holiday season! I'd enjoy hearing this majestic music any day of the year. I found myself singing along and exhilaration filled my soul. Hope the random acts of kindness continue beyond 1000...and continue to touch people in a mighty way

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful.

Stan T said...

Beautiful.

Joanne Grosser Newnam said...

Fond, fond Christmas memories! Christmas light show and lunch at Wanamakers. Tradition passed down to my children who are adults now. Glad to see Macy's has continued the tradition. You could always pick up Mass at St. John's right behind Wanamakers, too. Great Philadelphia traditions.

Anonymous said...

The sight of rich,sleek Philadephians consuming, consuming in Macy's listening to sacred music as if the store itself was a place of worship (it is to Mamon), well, made me very sad. I don't think JC would have approved.
You should all be on your knees praying for forgivness for the pain and suffering you've brought into the world in the name of freedom.(yours)

Anonymous said...

What witnessing.Thank you

Anonymous said...

What an incredible act of service! God has blessed you with wonderful gifts of music that you freely share with others!

A pen said...

This nation can not exist without the supremacy of god. There are conceited people who believe it is the will of man that creates and they are a sorry lot indeed. Remember that without government, mans invention to cope with failed individuals, we are simply gods children and have only him to guide us.

WHEREDOIJUMPOFF said...

That is how I remember my childhood - before the nation "changed" - so very very wonderful - lovely times at Christmas - freedom to be American and Christian - to have a culture - to feel a sense of belonging to your nation. These things are being robbed from us by the democrats. It is a shame. They should all go live in China or another country that already has what they are looking for. I hope this felt so good that these people spread it all over.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful moment! Music crosses all boundaries - except, apparently, for some of those who have commented here, expounding their own agendas!

DONNIE said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL, AND HOW WONDERFUL THAT ALL OF THE CHOIRS WOULD GET TOGETHER FOR THIS GIFT TO ALL OF US..KEEP PUTTING CHRIST IN OUR LIVES

Anonymous said...

Absolute beauty. As an organist myself i love it.

Anonymous said...

I would have given anything to be there.

Maryette Bost said...

What a magnificent sound from those voices! It brought tears to my eyes!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, incredible, moving... As the tears flow, it took me back 40 years to when I sang it in high school. Yes, if I had been there at Macys I most certainly would have joined in. Maybe a bit rusty, but with inspiration like that how could I not? I still remember my parts like it was yesterday! It is good sometimes to stop and remember the reason for the season. :) Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Please, can we all enjoy this wonderful example of joyful praise without the ignorant comments from the holier-than-thou critics!? As a democrat, Christian, church organist, registered nurse, I want only to serve God by sharing his love with all who believe. What a lovely experience this had to be.... Hallelujiah

Anonymous said...

Regarding folks commenting about Jesus Christ, God and praising him in this song.... folks don't be offended many of the comments were the overflow of emotion and praise that comes when a person sings to our creator - nothing can equal this. I can't quit crying.... it's overwhelming.

Someone mentioned keeping the organ and singers together - actually they did a phenominal job on that. You have to realize the distance from the console to where the pipework is..... when you play this organ you are literally playing ahead of the sound - that is to say you're playing faster than the response of the pipes as they sound. Peter is used to this but to articulate and keep the organ crisp and clear is a job in itself - in this situation the organ is the the lead like it would be in church so you have to articulate like mad to keep the sound from running all together into an unrecognizable mess.
Being an organist and several commentors, including myself, are organists and to do this in this setting is exausting but well worth the work.

julie said...

at the name of Jesus every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will say that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

M Bowers said...

JESUS IS the KING of KINGS & THE LORD of LORD...there is NONE OTHER...
Thank you for sharing this wonderful video with everyone.

Maggie said...

Thank you Macy's... you got it right!! www.eThoughtfulThings.com

Anonymous said...

If this one doesn't bring tears to your eyes, your wood's all wet!
Tom Kirk, McGregor, TX

Anonymous said...

As others have said, it brought tears to my eyes. All who heard the words and listened to the music were blessed. I am encouraged to patronize businesses who would promote events such as this. Thank you Macy's for allowing the true meaning of Christmas to be sung about in your business.

whenpigsfly said...

I wonder how many people listening knew that they were singing the BIOGRAPHY of JESUS? The Messiah is a 3 part biogrpahy starting with the words of the prophet Isaiah, then the words of Gospel and Apostles. The promise of MESSIAH JESUS, songs of His life but mostly His death and rising from the dead to return to Heaven. Handel performed the MEssiah many times over and gave huge sums of money to the poor, to help many who were needy.
Following the first London performance of Messiah, Lord Kinnoul congratulated Handel on the excellent “Entertainment.” Handel replied, “My lord, I should be sorry that I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.”
Let us all take that sentiment...............and examine how we too, might be better people. It is in the message of the MESSIAH: honoring God for Who He is and for His Son Jesus who will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords for EVER and EVER over us all!

Anonymous said...

I am unable to express the wonder and joy of watching this praise worship to my Lord Jesus..the Messiah!

Anonymous said...

What a Gift!

Keith Lynn said...

While in the USAF I was stationed in Vienna, Austria during the cold war and had the distinct pleasure of singing in the Vienna Post Chapel Choir. We did the Hallelujah Chorus and performed for RFE. This is one of most beautiful pieces ever written and I am proud to have been part of the choir presenting it to our troops and civilian personnel serving over there at that time. I am flying my flag today since it is Veterans Day.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful presentation! These aren't high paid professionals but just folks that live and work right there in Philly who enjoy raising peoples awareness of the beauty and joy found in music. I encourage folks to go find more of this in their community and participate too; it will lift you and your spirit. Have a joyous holiday season!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! Very moving...would love to be part of that.

Anonymous said...

Marvelous ! Wonderfull !

Thanks to Nancy Spicer who sended this to me.

Funny Van Hinderdael / ANTWERP / BELGIUM / EUROPE

Angelina Rollo said...

This is what America is all about and there is nothing more touching that to hear this song. It is so angelical! Who does not like? Thanks to all from The Opera Company of Philadelphia for the gift. It made my day.
ARollo
Florida

Lillian said...

One of the most moving performances I have ever seen. Really wish I had been there and been a part of that! Tell us again, Obama, that this isn't a Christian nation!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank God we live in a country that allows this. This sort of thing gives us hope.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that no one saw the Angel conducting this marvelous singing of praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope we all get to sing this when we get in to His presence.

Anonymous said...

awesome. We need some uplifted spirits no matter what religion we follow

Anonymous said...

I had a tiny glimpse of heaven today watching this. Simply amazing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! What an incredible gift of God's glory to us! Thank you to everyone who had a part. I visited the store a year ago, so I can imagine just what it was like!
Jane Alexander

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful scene of Americans who actually "know" this song and join together to sing along. Wonder what the "pundits" will do with this????
B. Walker

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and uplifting event - It's a shame so many of the comments need to lessen that by posting their pseudo political / religious rants -

Let it be and let it speak for itself - beautiful!

Anonymous said...

That was spectacular! Thank you for sharing God's Joy on earth....

JDC, III said...

One Word - - - WOW!
OK - and a challenge - - - Keep lifting the name of our Lord!

Anonymous said...

This was truly awesome-felt God's glory shining down upon us--What a wonderful message of love to the children that were present--something they probably will never forget. Wish I could have experienced such an event--come to Grand Rapids, Michigan.......
Phyllis T.B.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't help but sing along recalling the many times taking part in Luther College's renditions of the Messiah under the direction of Weston Noble. What a wonderful treat!

BocaBimmer said...

"Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre. Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp."

Who else, but the Lord our God, could have made such a simple tune warm our hearts so very much!

Hagen Radcliffe said...

Goosebumps & happy tears! Makes me glad to be alive. THANK YOU !!

Anonymous said...

That was one of the most moving pieces of video and music that I have ever witnessed. This is one of my most favorite hymns and I was moved to tears by the beauty of the occasion and am only sorry that I was not present to join in with those fantastic performers. Great credit to Macys for presenting this wonderful occasion in this so PC of worlds.

Becky Jones said...

This was absolutely wonderful. We need more of this and less of the
Of the trash that you see on TV or at the movies

Anonymous said...

Participating in such an event was an honor. Great music is great music - no matter what your religion! It may surprise some of you to know that not everyone performing is Christian. I am a Wiccan and have been a professional musician for over 40 years. I was drawn to this event because keeping culture alive is crucial to healing the numerous broken hearts in this country. Being a Wiccan made me even more appreciative of the meaning of this event - 600+ people of ALL backgrounds meeting on one common ground - the love of music and the preservation of FREEDOM - freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble.

Anonymous said...

Outstanding, Praise the Lord for this. May we all see the gift in thito bring everyone together.

Kathy Dobbin said...

How absolutely wonderful. It made me cry - how fabulous that so many people throughout the huge crowd gathered could actually sing it!

Thank you for the miracle you have provided for us. Thanks be to God.

helen said...

WONDERFUL! Brought tears to my eyes and joy into my heart...THANK YOU one and all for this early Christmas present.

Eva said...

EVA RUTH JOHNSTON SAID......

WONDERFUL, MAJESTIC, MAKES ME GLAD TO BE AMONG THOSE WHO WERE ABLE TO BE AT MACY'S, ESPECIALLY
THE YOUTH AND CHILDREN WHO MAY NEVER FORGET THE GREAT CHRISTMAS STORY OF JESUS WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US THAT WE TOO MIGHT BE FORGIVEN AND LIVING FOR THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!THANKS TO FAYE R.

Joanne from Philly said...

To the Wiccan above:

I am glad you like and enjoy the music but afterall the words do celebrate the life of Jesus Christ and words do have meaning and content. The meaning and content are spiritual and Christian and meant to be. They are not empty and devoid of meaning. How sad to sing the words and not be filled with the spirit and joy of the proclamation.

Anonymous said...

This was Wonderful I wish that I could have been there This is an answer to Where is our Lord??? Why he is right here among us All People of all races joining togeather to sing Praises to him. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL Of OUR VETS WHO KEEP US FREE WITH GOD's Grace

Anonymous said...

And there are those,s that say Christianity is
dead! Anonymous

Anonymous said...

A wonderful moment in time! Praise be to God!

Anonymous said...

Don't dirty your praise for this wonderful act of culture with political propoganda. Please.

Anonymous said...

I learned this at Ferndale High School (MI) with Otto Brown. It's been almost 50 years and I can still sing it, but not without a lump in my throat! Wish I'd been there to sing along.

Rosemarie said...

What more did God ever ask for than for his children to love one another, as He loved them.
Jesus was not a Christian...there were no "Christians" when he was teaching. LOVE ONE ANOTHER he said. As I watched the faces of the people in Macys for this performance, it looked like a scene which would give GREAT JOY to the lord as it did to all of His people present, and those of us who could only experience it through e-mail.
Great music is great music - no matter what your religion! Joy is joy no matter your origin. Brotherhood is religion in action. Halleluja! . Appreciate the meaning of this event - 600+ people of ALL backgrounds meeting on one common ground - the love of music and the preservation of FREEDOM - freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble and to share live with one another! Thanks Macys.

Anonymous said...

"What, then, will you do with Jesus?"

Anonymous said...

Thank you to Macys!
Wonderful, beautiful!!!
Wish I had been there.
Stephanie

Anonymous said...

11/11/2010
This was absolutely wonderful to hear & to see all of the people of all races participating in voice. Super & all the glory and greatness to God our Saviour and Lord.
Also to think that this was on Veterans day. How Glorious.
Thank You Macy's

shelia in nc said...

IF only we ALL could do this the same time one day. The earth would TRIMBLE. IT might shack some sense into those in office

Gaye said...

I have sung this song in several choirs and know that it is a miracle to have people scattered around like in this and still have it come out so beautiful. Praise god to have a song in our world that everyone straightens up and listens to and joins in.

Anne said...

How beautiful. I hope an Act of Random Culture spreads everywhere. Thank you to all the singers and organist. I am forwarding the video.

Anonymous said...

MUSIC AND JOY AMONG STRANGERS OF ALL FAITHS. IT'S IN THE JOINING OF OUR VOICES THAT WE HEAR THE COMMON BEAT OF EACH OTHER'S HEARTS.

Anonymous said...

It was great! I wish I would have been there to join in. It brought back fond memories of my high school days. Our chorus performed it at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Bravo!!

Teri R.

Anonymous said...

Tears and smiles. Thanks to all for the uplift and joyful worship. Think the act made God smile, too. It was an act of contagious hope.

Michelle L. - Minnesota said...

This amazing "Random Act of Culture" renews my spirit and my faith in this country. I have spent the last 15 years wondering what will become of our beautiful country if we continue to allow a small minority of people to erode our values and culture. It fills me with joy and hopefulness that America might once again stand up and proclaim ourselves "One Nation Under God..." Thank you for this wonderful early Christmas gift!

Israel said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Thank you "Random Act of Culture"

Thank you Macy's

Anonymous said...

Absolutely lovely! It's great that such powerful music can be appreciated by everyone, Christian or not.

brian said...

I am an Atheist but that does not prevent me from enjoying beautiful music, and this was a marvellous presentation that I want to share with everybody I know

YOMOMA said...

Wonderful! Just incredible. And thanks for a great reminder of reasons to be thankful.

Anonymous said...

Tom--Maryland

There is hope....

A wildlife gardener said...

Awesome! I wish we had more of that during Christmas shopping so that people would remember who is at the centre of Christmas and whose birth we celebrate :)

Thanks for sharing...blessings to you :)

Anonymous said...

MJS

Bob Lasprogato said...

This is magnificent! I keep playing this clip over and over... Praise be to God!

Anonymous said...

Thank YOU GOD for JESUS - The reason for the season. Thank you for all those who realize it and celebrate it in their hearts and in their living. May we all help others to see this wonderful blessing!!!

Anonymous said...

A wonderful surprise blessing! Maybe the trend will spread to other cities. I can see this happening in Chicago at the store formerly known as Marshall Field's (now Macy's). No on-site organ, but the architecture would lend itself to the event, maybe with live orchestra surrounding the vaulted space. Someone? Anyone? Go for it! Praise the Lord!

Susan said...

What a wonderful Random Act of Culture! I do wish this would become a trend in all our major cities!

Anonymous said...

how awesome - there are no words :)

Sandy said...

He shall reign forever and ever. Amen and amen!!!! Jesus loves you and died for you. May His truth touch all hearts as this glorious piece of music touches our spirits.

Sara V. said...

This was wonderful!!!!! Thank you so much! Wish this singing of the Hallelujah Chorus could be done in every mall in America!--especially in Washington D.C.--so President Obama could hear it!

Faye said...

Wish I could have been there....goose bumps and smiles. And God bless us all.

Robin Pressnall said...

This has just blessed my heart and the hearts of Small Paws® Rescue members in 26 countries! Thank you to the Opera Company of Philadelphia and to everyone involved in providing this 1 of "1000 Random Acts of Culture" Thank you for sharing Jesus in song!

Sherry said...

I was blessed to receive this link via email this morning. It was so wonderful watching the smiles among all who experienced this performance.

I too wish I could have seen it in person as I can only imagine the feeling of peace that must have come over the crowd. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

Had I been present I would have been looking around for Jesus to appear at His glorious returning. He is coming again! Watch for Him! Be ready! Look up..your redemption draws nigh and He will be accompanied by thousands of singing angels..maybe we will hear this beautiful piece again on that of His coming.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful.

Brigette said...

You know, for a bunch of Christian "Religious" folks commenting, there are a lot of hateful remarks about Obama, democrats and the state of our nation.

I was raised Catholic, but now accept and appreciate all faiths, much in the way of the Dalai Lama. True faith and spirituality is accepting and embracing all faiths and cultures.

There is only one higher power. It would have been just as beautiful to me to hear an Islamic, Jewish or Hindi song as part of a "cultural event". Open your hearts Christians, you are at the root of most of the worlds wars and sufferings. No one group is god's chosen people - we ALL are. If you think otherwise, you are on the wrong road!

Anonymous said...

The Dutch and Belgians did this last year in train and subway stations. Great, now we Americans have to commercialize it, religiousize it, and will eventually ruin it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful ... Make sure you check out www.themiracleofstjoseph.org ... A site for all races, colors and creeds.

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