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  1. Don
    Don December 19, 2012 1:51 pm

    Was there supposed to be a link somewhere?

  2. EN
    EN December 19, 2012 2:09 pm


  3. Claire
    Claire December 19, 2012 2:13 pm

    Okay, this is getting weird, weird, weird. Same thing happened with yesterday’s video. In both cases, I know the embed links were there when I created the entry. I checked. With this one, I checked twice. Then sometime in the couple of hours between the time I created the post and the time it was scheduled to go live … the links disappeared.

    Sigh. I’ll ask Oliver. And I guess for the time being, I’ll only post videos when I can take them live right then.

  4. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 19, 2012 3:16 pm

    I saw it! Bravo! One of my favorite pieces of music.

    Oh, how I wish Americans could do this sort of thing every day…

    Loved seeing all the children dancing, pretending to conduct… just smiling.

  5. Pat
    Pat December 19, 2012 3:18 pm

    The link is there now, and it was lovely! Thanks again. You’re getting me into the spirit…

  6. jed
    jed December 19, 2012 4:09 pm

    That’s beautiful.

    Try this one.

    Carpet of the Sun. Not the best reproduction — I have it on LP, and this doesn’t quite do it justice.

    Not a flashmob, but fun: 2 Cellos

  7. EN
    EN December 19, 2012 5:19 pm

    WOW!!! That’s beautiful. Thank you so much. My fave.

  8. Claire
    Claire December 19, 2012 5:20 pm

    Whoo! Those 2 Cello guys are freakin’ rock stars! That was amazing.

    But did you see those bows shred? They must go through more bows in one performance than most cellists go through in a lifetime.

    (And I loved the comment somebody made that if you challenged either one of those guys to an arm-wrestling contest, he’d rip your arm straight off your shoulder and hand it to you.)

  9. jed
    jed December 19, 2012 7:53 pm

    Yeah, I imagine they’re pretty strong. I did notice the shredding, which is kind of funny, given that they were sort of shredding. I was also amused at people giving them tips, considering the price of a carbon-fiber cello. Well, that’s irrelevant, but still amusing, to me anyway.

    Had to look up one of the most beautiful choral pieces I’ve ever heard. Dirait On, a poem by Rainier Maria Rilke, music by Morten Lauridsen.

  10. Perkidan
    Perkidan December 19, 2012 8:00 pm

    Happiest bit: The children living the experience to the fullest.

    Saddest bit: The adults who felt compelled to filter the experience through the screen of their smartphones.

    Thank you, Claire, and here’s to jammin’ with the kids.

  11. EN
    EN December 19, 2012 11:26 pm

    I’m not one to grab my phone at the smallest provocation… but I think I would have for that.

  12. Steve
    Steve December 20, 2012 9:28 am

    Lovely, Claire. Thanks.

  13. Samuel Adams
    Samuel Adams December 20, 2012 12:01 pm

    Ooooh, a flash orchestra! Delightful!

    And subtle pro-EU propaganda: the Ode to Joy is the official anthem of the EU. Or not: read the words to Schiller’s complete poem some time.

  14. Claire
    Claire December 20, 2012 12:58 pm

    Only you (or somebody in the EU) would know that bit of trivia, SA. I’ve read the Schiller poem, though it seems to mean something different in everybody’s translation.

    And it has a history of being changed to suit politics:

    Hm … wonder how the EU ended up with such a purely German anthem?

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