A surprise musical performance spread some joy in downtown Minneapolis Monday.
"We performed a flash mob at IDS today – synchronicity at play as we stand in solidarity and brotherhood/sisterhood with Parisians," Marlene Pauly, musical director for the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, wrote on her Facebook page.
YouTube user David Roberts uploaded a video of the performance saying, "At around noon on Nov. 16, a plain clothes orchestra spontaneously walked in the door and played a loud and powerful rendition of The Hymn of Joy which brought joy to the high traffic lunch crowd passing by. We were all blown away!"
Here are a few other videos of the performance:
MPR News' Bob Collins wrote on his Newscut blog that, "Given the times, there are probably things we needed more than hearing 'Ode to Joy' performed by a flash mob ... But we can't think of any offhand."