Ode to Much Joy
Last Saturday, shoppers at the busy Privoz Fish Market in Odessa, Ukraine, were met by an unexpected experience. An uncommon flash mob took over -- this one from the Odessa Philharmonic and Odessa Opera Chorus, slowly, instrument by instrument until the chorus exploded around them, performing Beethhoven's "Ode to Joy."
But this wasn't just an ordinary, albeit impressive flash mob. The "Ode to Joy" also happens to be the anthem for the European Union. The orchestra later explained to a local paper that they wanted to make a statement about Ukrainian unity. The conductor is Hobart Earle.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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