Video: Berklee Flash Mob Performs ‘O Holy Night’ at the MFA

And they sound absolutely spectacular.

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We’ve seen talented musicians perform in unexpected places before—they play Macklemore in the Public Garden, and they beatbox at crowded T stops.

But a flash mob of 50 or so Berklee students last Saturday went in a slightly different direction when they surprised visitors at the MFA with an impromptu holiday performance.

Without any announcement (who do they think they are, Beyonce?), a cellist began playing in the middle of the Shapiro Family Courtyard at the MFA, and he was soon joined by his fellow Berklee College students for a captivating rendition of a holiday classic, “O Holy Night.”

Imagine the final scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas, except the kids are all grown up, gifted with mesmerizing musical skills, and are performing at the stately Museum of Fine Arts instead of outside Snoopy’s prize-winning dog house. This was something like that.

But better yet, don’t imagine it. Just watch it here:

The experiment was the first public performance for the Loft Sessions, a video series launched by Berklee student Evan Chapman last year. Chapman, who produced, arranged, and edited the MFA video, indicated to Boston.com that this first flash mob was so well received that more impromptu shows may be on the horizon.

So keep your eyes—and ears—open.

  • Casey G

    My favorite Christmas song! Gave me chills – well done!!!

  • Bob Adams

    This was nice. You never hear of Berklee students tipping over cars.

    • jayhoward

      No that;s the job of the drunks at U Mass.

      • sberanos

        surely you don’t mean UMass Boston?

  • http://www.yourstoriesrealty.com/ larrylawfer

    Absolutely awesome. I want to witness one of these in person.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7drvjvkk8k Phaerisee

    A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.. fall on your knees, O hear the Angel Voices.. a light divine, O light when Christ was born….

    • Smooth

      *O night divine, O night, when Christ was born :)

    • Smooth

      *O night divine, O night, when Christ was born :)

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7drvjvkk8k Phaerisee

        Thanks! I always get that line wrong! :)

  • chriskim

    beautiful.

  • Carolyn Grady Johnson

    This performance truly gave me chills! Thank you for making my day! Such talent! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!!!

  • Lavonya Jones

    Okay this man’s technique was ridiculous! And the fact that he had wonderful vocal technique but still maintained his soul is equally amazing. Great flash mob Berklee!

  • Ginny Dillon

    Bravo! Great performance. Thank you!

  • beefchop

    Lovely, but hardly a ‘flash mob’ performance. When a group sets up in an atrium with music stands and a suspiciously clear floor area, it’s just a concert that was unannounced in advance. Flash mobs are more organic, less formal and invite participation from the viewers – dancing, singing, whatever.

  • tipi

    O! What a song, these black hole stars are brilliant
    IIt is the site of a sweet harmony
    Long may the ear, remembering the cello
    Find the eye seeing sonic 4D
    A true quiet hue its tones mostlly piano
    A flash of choir, with violins and tempi
    Call on your soul
    O hear each coloration
    It’s vibrant, so sleek
    And the lead, his timbre piqued
    Finds Jesu, pouring like miel
    Like pure miel..

    Grazie Berklee
    Oneloveoneheart,feed your joy to the world

  • MJ

    I agree. A lovely performance, but hardly a flash mob. Also, did anyone else notice that nearly everyone in the audience was watching the performance through a recording device rather than being in the moment and experiencing this “live?” What is wrong with us?

    • mima

      Well how would you record with out looking?nothing wrong here

    • Elena Como

      Yeah, times have changed. But at least they appreciated the performance.

      From this end–I got dizzy watching the video. Camera-person needs to stop spinning around.

    • Kelly

      I agree – why is it that it seems so many think everything must be recorded? Why not just sit back and enjoy. When looking through a lens you limit what you see, hear, and experience because you are worrying too much about recording.

  • valleyguy1234

    great performance, nice job. as others have said, not really a flash mob per se.

  • Leann Shamash

    An amazing soloist….beautiful work…mesmerizing!

  • sabberdab

    Why do they call this a flash mob? Great music anyway…

  • Dr Wood

    The socialists are trying to destroy christianity I don’t think so and to see so many young people enjoying the song, GREAT JOB
    ( O night divine, O night, when Christ was born )

    • Thechairman66

      Like the socialists singing in the video from the notoriously liberal Berklee College?

  • Nancy Robinson

    I cannot stop listening to this. A foretaste of Heaven! Beautifully done!