Video: German Orchestra Stages 'Star Wars' Flash Mob

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 06:00 PM

The WDR Symphony Orchestra staged a flash mob fit for sci-fi geeks at Wallraf Square in Cologne, Germany.

The surprise show begins with a lone trumpeter and conductor playing the well-known first bars of the piece while standing in the center of the busy shopping district. Before long, a group of wind and brass instruments joins him from the upper floor of a building. The rest of the orchestra seems to materialize in the seats of a cafe.

The video has been seen by over 600,000 people since it was published on Oct. 10. The WDR is the constituent orchestra of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the West German Broadcasting network.

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60-something Star Wars Fan from Rockland County

I've watched this three times and have shared it with my kids as well as many of my friends. We all need something to smile about and this is guaranteed to do it. Just look at the faces of the audience as well as the players.

Oct. 25 2012 11:30 AM
Joni from Andover, MA

I saw a flashmob on youtube (took place in NYC) with a famous violinist and break dancers.

But not an orchestra!

Joni

Oct. 24 2012 02:40 PM
Andrew

Just learned about the 'flashmob' phenomenon and see there are about half-a-dozen or so films, almost all in Eurpoe. Although I see the Indy Symphonyic Choir staged one of these in May 2011 and the Indy Symphony did a flashmob in Jan 2012 with sections from the Tchaikovsky String Serenade and Vivaldi.

Hard to believe any "high-brow" American orchestra would do this but it would be nice to see. This is what classical music needs in the US: creative (but not pandering) publicity. American audiences would stare dumbfounded because it would be the first time they ever saw a symphony orchestra in person (or on TV or internet, for that matter)

Oct. 22 2012 06:00 PM

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