And He Shall Reign Forever and Ever! King of Kings and Lord of Lords...
Chorus Niagara takes mall crowd by surprise
November 20, 2010
One minute, Stephanie Tritchew was just a face in the busy Seaway Mall crowd, sipping coffee at a cafeteria table and chatting on her cellphone.
The next, the St. Catharines native was standing and belting out "hallelujahs" from the famed chorus in Handel's Messiah in front of a stunned food court congregation.
"The first reaction was jaw-dropping surprise and people laughing," said the startling soprano, who broke into song around noon last Saturday at the Welland mall. "Then just about everyone whipped out their phone cameras at once."
Tritchew wasn't a one-woman surprise show.
Within minutes, more than 80 Chorus Niagara singers previously blended into the weekend mall multitude had joined the chorus.
The seemingly spontaneous event actually took weeks to plan, said Jennifer Blakeley of Niagara Falls-based Alphabet Photography, who organized the event.
The cafeteria chorus was part Alphabet advertisement, part performance art designed to put people in the Christmas spirit, Blakeley said. "I was sitting right in the middle of it all, and some people's faces were just classic," she said, laughing. "And I think it was quite touching — some people were actually in tears."
Blakeley said the event was modeled on "flash mobs," brief events often planned through social media in order to mobilize large groups of people quickly.
More to come.