The Sarasota Orchestra performed a "flashmob" event at SRQ the other day.
Conducted by Andrew Lane (in a pilot's uniform) with cellist Isabelle Besancon and assistant concertmaster Jennifer Best Takeda in Pan Am flight attendants' uniforms (when was the last time you saw THAT?), 32 musicians appeared spontaneously from all directions to perform Bizet’s Danse Boheme, from Carmen Suite No. 2.
Orchestra cellist Cheeko Matsusaka came up with the idea, coordinated musician participation and led the overall effort to make the flash mob a reality.
“On the surface, a flash mob is pure entertainment. What we tried to accomplish was to also demonstrate the limitless power of music to delight and illustrate the Sarasota Orchestra’s energy and unique personality,” said Matsusaka in a press release from the orchestra. “It was the perfect vehicle for the Orchestra to move forward.”
Gordon Greenfield, vice president of marketing for the Sarasota Orchestra, worked with the airport to partner in the flash mob.
“Surprising airport travelers with a flash mob was a great way to introduce the arts of Sarasota to visitors and illustrate the vibrant nature of our community,” said Greenfield.
“The flexibility and cooperation of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport was fantastic and essential in making this project a success. We’re hopeful the video goes viral. We know we did something special for the community, the airport and fans of the Orchestra,” added Greenfield.