The Complaints Choir
phenomenon, started by the Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, has spread all over the world
since last we paid it any attention
, from Birmingham
, St. Petersburg
, Penn State
, Gabriola Island
, Hong Kong
Arizona State University
, Washington, DC
, Horace Mann School
, Durham-Chapel Hill
, Toronto theatre students
), St. Pölten
, Port Coquitlam
, Ústí nad Labem
). For more information, including a 9 step guide to forming your own complaints choir
, go to the Complaints Choir website
. Finally, here's the Singapore Complaints Choir
, whose performance was banned by the Singapore government.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 19, 2010 -
Let's say that you're Lenny Kravitz and you're relaxing on a balcony in New Orleans when you hear someone singing one of your songs. What do you do? Well, you could always join in.
posted by ColdChef
on Jun 29, 2010 -
Music! - A 1968 documentary by the National Music Council of Great Britain, featuring folk singing, The Beatles, and even early electronic music produced by tape splicing. Part 1
, part 2
, part 3
, part 4
, part 5
posted by Artw
on Mar 7, 2010 -
Since these posts
seemed to bring back happy memories/warm fuzzies for so many former/current choir kids, here is Hear the Choirs Sing
, a massive collection of contemporary and sacred choral works from all around the world.
And, if while singing along, you realize you've forgotten your part, check Choral Wiki
for links to sheet music.
posted by chara
on Mar 28, 2008 -
"He teaches the students to read the music from within themselves."
The annual Pop Concert at Dondero High School was a beloved institution from 1971-2006. Under the direction of music instructor Rick Hartsoe
, the A Capella Choir and student instrumentalists presented 20 popular songs per concert: "ten full choir pieces chosen for their harmonic and instrumental interest, and ten solos of the students' choosing." Pieces from the last ten years included such unconventional classics as Maroon 5's "This Love," System of a Down's "Chop Suey" and "Down In A Hole" by Alice In Chains. Also included were works by Stevie Wonder, Boston, Weezer, P.O.D., Norah Jones, The Doobie Brothers and many more. Every Pop Concert ended -- perhaps appropriately -- with "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from Hair
March 2006 saw the last Pop Concert performed at Dondero High. Mr. Hartsoe has announced his retirement
. And due to consolidation with a neighboring school, Dondero High
itself is closing at the end of this school year. Thankfully, eight of those Pop Concerts (from 1995 to 2005) are available as downloadable 2-CD sets from Comfortstand
). Yes, for free
. Convinced yet? Basically, if you were blown away by the likes of The Langley Music School Project
), this might just be right up your musical alley.
posted by grabbingsand
on Apr 13, 2006 -
Flashmob - The Opera. There will be something like 200 people on site, including a 62-piece orchestra, a choir of singing policemen and a chorus of football fans... and all while it's 'business as usual' at the station. It's not the first place you'd think of doing a live opera!
Despite some alleged security worries
it went ahead at Paddington Station and has been broadcast complete with the flashmob singing Nessun Dorma. Gloriate!
posted by i_cola
on Oct 6, 2004 -