The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra did a flashmob performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (the final movement of the Ninth Symphony) on Monday, November 16, in the Crystal Court of the IDS. They hired me to create a video of the performance, which is now up on YouTube.

This was a really cool thing to witness and be a part of, and I learned a lot from it. I’m sure my next flashmob will be even better. The symphony had been planning this for a long time but there was a sense of serendipity in the air after the horror of the terrorist attack in Paris. How wonderful it is to see and hear this beautiful piece, celebrating the brotherhood of all mankind, after questioning how people can be capable of such disregard for their fellow human beings. It filled me with hope and I trust it will do the same for you. There may always be horrors but beauty is remembered and endures in ways that evil cannot. Evil is only evil because it detracts from the beauty of life. Let us all do more things to bring that beauty to the forward.

A special note of thanks to Keith Kopatz, who recorded and balanced out the sound. His role was key to our success.