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Nov 13, 2010 - Noon, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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. Then 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.
- Chorus Niagara website
- /A\ News Video Interview with Stephanie Tritchew.
- St Catharine Standard Story
- Niagara This Week: Shock and joy says soloist
- Niagara This Week: No flash (mob) in the pan.
- The TribuneChorus Niagara 'flash mobs' Seaway Mall
- St. Louis Globe Democrate: Flash mob video gets 3.1 million views
- The London Free Press: You brought joy to our lives’ FLASHMOB: Shoppers surprised as others burst into song in mall food court
- T Dot Society-What's Up: (several stories down page) Handel’s Messiah flash mob a Youtube smash
- The London Free Press: BOB RIPLEY Song such an intrinsic part of life
- Niagara Falls Review The world's most famous food court.
- Google search show 3,270 results!