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Spreading joy: Watch as flash mob serenades lunchgoers in Minneapolis

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A surprise musical performance spread some joy in downtown Minneapolis Monday.

A flash mob made up of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Edina Chorale performed Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" at the IDS Center's Crystal Court around lunchtime.

The tribute to peace has been in the works for over a year, but it just happened to work out that the performance was scheduled for a few days after the terrorist attacks in ParisWCCO reports.

"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!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TjAMoSutTY

Here are a few other videos of the performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A3ymfJ71_I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnona_toP5c

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."

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