Random Acts of Culture

Performance videos on this page are part of Opera Philadelphia’s participation in the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” Initiative.  The Knight Foundation has been committed to making 1,000 of these “pop-up” performances available by bringing artists out of the performance halls and into the streets as a reminder of how the classical arts enrich lives. Opera Philadelphia first performed a pop-up Brindisi chorus from La traviata in April 2010, which garnered over 3.5 million hits on YouTube. This was followed by the now-celebrated Hallelujah Chorus at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia, featuring the Wanamaker Organ and over 650 area choristers, which became a holiday YouTube sensation in 2010 and garnered national press coverage and over 8 million hits from over 100 countries. Subsequent Random Acts have been produced with cultural partners throughout the city – a sampling of events is below.  Please enjoy – and share the joy of music with those in your lives!