“Ode to Joy” Flash Mob with NEC, BSO, & Gewandhausorchester

On the morning of Tuesday, October 29, NEC students joined members of the Gewandhausorchester and Boston Symphony Orchestra in a "Flash Mob" in the Center Court of Boston’s Prudential Center. The event was sponsored by DHL in conjunction with the BTHVN on Tour exhibit, which kicked off NEC's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

NEC double bassist Nicholas Leonard
NEC double bassist Nicholas Leonard got things rolling on the impromptu stage.
A DHL driver delivers a violin to a waiting musician.
A DHL driver symbolically delivered a violin to a waiting NEC musician.
The flash mob orchestra plays
Other musicians and chorus members quickly slipped in until a sizable force filled the atrium with sound.
Bass Riley Vogel leads the men's chorus in Beethoven's Ode to Joy
NEC bass Riley Vogel led the stirring men's chorus.
BSO Assistant Conductor Anna Rakitina
Conducted by BSO assistant conductor Anna Rakitina, the combined orchestra and chorus performed the "Ode to Joy" finale of Beethoven 9 — twice — to hundreds of delighted listeners.