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Let's make no mistake here; this is a commercial for Banco Sabadell. And, yes, it's a majestic, highly orchestrated flashmob organized by one of Spain's largest banking groups. But, when I get an evening email from our founder and host confessing to shedding "happy tears" when watching it, I figure I better check it out.

Flashmob organizado por Banco SabadellAnd, if you read the comments on YouTube, you'll see much more of the same sentiment being expressed.

On May 19th at six in the evening, what appeared to be a single, tuxedoed street performer playing a bass for people strolling around Plaça de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain (just north of Barcelona) turned into a mass ensemble performing a movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony — including more than 100 musicians and singers from the Orchestra Simfònica del Vallès, Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell, Coral Belles Arts, and Cor Lieder Camera.

The production is lovely and highly produced, but it's the fascination and pure joy of the passersby that makes the moment quite magical. Non?

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149 Comments

That's Beethoven's Hymn of Joy which is the national anthem of the European Union. I wonder if this bank is in need of capitalization from the eurozone members.

Yes, "Ode to Joy", but a very astute comment, nonetheless.

This bank is a healthy one and does not need any capitalization.

Great way to start the day - thanks for sharing!

beautiful, whatever the origin...
It would be SO great to have so many more of these types of events...

Especially with classical music....the life has been strangled out of it, play it in the streets and live...!

Yes! Beethoven would have been as thrilled as the rest of us to experience this joyous production. Thanks.

The music is Beethoven's; the lyrics, Friedrich Schiller's "An die Freude." I'm sure both musician and poet would have been gratified.
I was listening for the key lines:

Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng verteilt,
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

I wonder what the translation is in Castilian… or Catalan…

Spain and Europe (heck---and the rest of this world!) need some Joy! and apparently there are moments---"orchestrated" or not. Keep on keeping on, people!

Ode to Joy moves me on each hearing and this was no exception. Whether spontaneous or highly produced those of us who heard deem it lovely and longing to visit.

Nice

WONDERFUL,,,, that was just wonderful to lissen to and watch. I really lifted my spirits this morning, thank you!

And a lot of very good musicians got jobs.

I am not at all surprised by the source of this delight. Krista Tippett has again succeeded in locatiing a wonderful point of spiritual light in her quest to view a better Life with all of us. THANK YOU, Ms. Krista, once again. ~ww

Magnificant. Pure joy.

Absolutely beautiful and very heart felt.

That little girl sure got her money's worth.

big bank or not, this was delightful, and the joy of the musicians was so apparent too...

I am so inspired sitting at my computer in Canada, Windsor, Ontario. What a beautiful gesture and so exciting to see and feel a part of it.

What an UPlifting and creative way to afford the Spaniards a moment to be JOYful! Gracias Banco Sabadell.

What a JOYful moment shared by all! Gracias - Beethoven, and Banco Sabadell; we all need more UPlifting moments like this!

Love this! The sheer joy of the experience is moving!

i could not understand my tears, yes they were "happy tears". a wonderful treat.

Beautiful...the joy of music is universal.

This is my all time favorite piece of music which always moves me to tears. I'm thrilled to have found it and have it saved for daily inspiration. Thank you....

What a great idea! Watched our symphony orchestra at the half shell in Boston yesterday for the 4th. I can only imagine what would be involved to have all those musicians come together like they have in this video. Amazing!

What a delight to see so many people of all ages enjoying good music.

WOW! How can anyone watch that without the tears flowing?

Magical. There needs to be much more music for the people and less violence brought to them. A triumphant moment.

Awesome! Thank you!

wonderful - thank you

This is for all the world to hear, enjoy and participate if you have the talent! WOW!

Pure unsullied joy! And the surprise and joy of the people around moved me to tears -especially the children

excellent!

An Absolute Gift!

I need more of this and less of Syria and the rest of the evildoers of the world.

verry nice!

This evokes wonderful emotion. No words are needed.

Great!

Just what you would expect from On Being, marvelous, uplifting, delightful, nourishing to body and spirit.

I'm pretty new at this place and adore the design, could you let me know me where you bought this theme? You can contact me on my e-mail…looking forward to hear from you

so beautiful to see people caught up in the music and the joy...brought unexpected tears to my eyes...that's the way to do a commerical!

Awesome!

A thousand thanks, gracias, merci, arrigoto gozimus, grazie....I picture the world's children in the plaza being happy, united, "joyful" with the music! Thank you for uniting us through music of the masters....the joy was palpable! Can't wait to show my grandsons tomorrow!!!

This is the perfect example of a "teachable moment". Bravo! Those children enjoyed every moment of that concert. Bravo!

I saw it on You Tube, which did not identify the city. I figured from the architecture and the people that it had to be in Catalonia. Plus I suspected that Placa and Sant Roc were Catalan spellings, not Spanish, even though I do not know Spanish. That is a beautiful outdoors space.

Thanks be to God, for beautiful music and moments connecting people.

To the critics of Christianity, I ask, what would the world be like with Christian music, not mention Christian hospitals, orphanages, architecture? lr

Larry-
The world would be empty, void, meaningless, and hopeless. Oh (ode!) to the One Who alone gives true Joy and beauty! To those who were watching this and did not understand your tears: the very cells of your being cry out in praise to the God Who created you! That is where your emotion comes from at moments like this!!!

Love it! Particularly love the way the audience felt enabled to join in singing, dancing and directing! A true Ode to Joy!

Beautiful

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