Random Acts of Culture ™ arrived with a bang in San Jose last week as Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale surprised audiences with spontaneous performances of Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts and Shenandoah.

42 Responses to “Random Acts of Culture™ Arrives in San Jose”

  1. Elise says:

    Each time I see one of these random acts of culture, I smile, laugh, cry. So beautiful and touching. I just wish I could experience one for myself in Cypress TX.

  2. Leah says:

    Have to say that I was disappointed to see our (Bay area) audience response after seeing the responses on the video of Philadelphia. It was a beautiful thing you did!! I wish I would have been there give the applause you deserved.

    • Aimee says:

      Unfortunately it wasn’t a public performance per se, it was during a break period for a conference of about 600 people. I was lucky enough to witness it and I was so moved by it – so don’t worry, just because the crowd seems quiet and confused, I know we all really appreciated it! :)

  3. KT Jones says:

    Everytime I am fortunate enough to see one of these random acts I smile and think the world is getting better. Keep up the good good good work and know you make many people very happy if even for just a few minutes. It must be worth it to all of you who participate.

  4. Loren Delaney says:

    You are so wonderful to do this…..I can only imagine what it must be like to be present for one!! The video is so moving; what must it be like to be there….I’m sure breathtaking!

  5. Belinda says:

    Just watched Philadelphia and San Jose. What a beautiful way to start the day! Thank you!

  6. joanne says:

    This is the reason we continue to see the beauty in the world…

  7. Bev says:

    I believe if we had more of this – we would have less of “that.”
    Thank you for bringing a smile to faces.

  8. Charlie Schulcz says:

    My friend in Philly sent me the videos from Reading Terminal and Macy’s (which really brought back memories when I saw the Eagle statue, the great meeting place.) They were both wonderful and made me homesick! Coming to Cincinnati any time soon?

  9. Bruce & Judy Thomson says:

    What a wonderful organization. seeing the reactions to your events, we are heartsick to think that the arts are always the first to go under the knife when schools cut budgets. Are we not better human beings just from exposure to, let alone participation in, the arts? Make Art…not War.

  10. Lorrie says:

    I want to do this! We need this in Atlanta! How do you start one of these?

  11. Sara says:

    You truly bless my heart and bring out the good in humanity. It makes me laugh and cry all at the same time. It’s like a phenomenon, though it’s really all about being open in life. I wish the news reported these things. We could all use some joy, we are troubled enough in our time.
    Just an FYI – On Dec. 4th the Boston Pops is putting on a World’s Largest Carolers gathering at the Prudential Center the actual event starts at 12noon but the contest part is at 12:30pm sharp! Different purpose than yours, I’m sure, but just thought you should know. I’ll be there! I live an hr away!

  12. James Chase says:

    I thoroughly enjoy it. Am sending this to all my friends. Keep up the good work. It’s refreshing.

  13. flyingears says:

    Anytime we sing to the Lord, it’s just beautiful! Thank you so much!

  14. Jeanne says:

    What a treat to see these Random Acts of Culture. I would be so delighted to experience one or be part of one, although I don’t really sing very well. I’ve seen them all so far and they are all wonderful, although I have to say I think the Hallelujah choristers were the most moving. It’s hard to beat 600+ singers singing Handel’s Messiah!

    Keep ‘em coming!!!

  15. mike h says:

    just watche dthe Philadelphia and San Jose . VERY NICE ,PLEASE KEEP IT UP .. THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!

  16. Helen Starkey says:

    Will I be able to enjoy random acts of culture in my area of the country? How do I go about applying for grant monies for the art programs in our community.

  17. candice says:

    i can’t thank you enough for this program, from the depths of my weary, bereft and empty soul, I thank you and bless you for this

  18. Barbara Trent says:

    I can’t begin to express what I was feeling. Thanks to the person that sent me the Macy’s presentation. I noticed some of the ‘audience’ singing along and then when they realized what was happening were in awe. Thank you so much.

  19. Charles says:

    Wonderful way to bring people together isn’t it? Just brings tears to my eyes, tears of joy. Keep ideology out of it and this will be wildly successful…

  20. Elaine Lawrie says:

    I am so impressed , touched and inspired by your beautiful presentations all over ! Philadelphia was especially touching to me and to those I shared it with. I grew up going to Wanamakers every Christmas for the light show but your presentation of the Hallelujah Chorus was absolutely awesome, breathtaking and truly incredible. I’m amazed at how receptive everyone was! Tells me people are really wanting Random Acts ! Just wish I would have been there to experience it ! Keep up the good work !

  21. Doris Miller says:

    The Ramdom Acts of Culture that I have seen via the web are just incredible! Absolutely loved the chorus at Macy’s. As usual, that particular song just brought me to tears. I can’t imagine how unbelieveable it had to have been to actually be there! What an experience. Thank you for all of the time, effort, and energy that goes into planning and executing these events. Hats off to your organization!
    Doris Miller
    Dallas, TX

  22. Anne Lawlor says:

    This Random Act of Culture takes my breadth away and bring tears to my eyes! It is such a wonderful expression of worldwide love and peace at such a special time ! God Bless Us All and Thank You!

  23. Ed Feren says:

    Exceptional. I shared with all my family and friends.

  24. ghostrider says:

    In this day & age, we surely need MORE “random acts of culture”!!

  25. Margaret says:

    I just now viewed the Philadelphia and San Jose Random Acts, and I was moved to tears of joy by the Hallelujah chorus in Macy’s in Philadelphia. THAT is what this poor world needs: MORE acts of love and togetherness and joy. Singing together like that would stop war, IMHO. Just beautiful, and PLEASE keep up the good work!

  26. Donna says:

    Absolutely fantastic…words cannot express my feelings. Carry on your incredble and exciting work!!!! Hope to see and hear you soon in Denver!!!

  27. Alice BAiley says:

    Watching the faces of JOY was outstanding…Yes, Jesus, we do believe!

  28. Richard James says:

    How can you not love this. More, more, more, more, more! Bus stations, airports, shopping centers, wherever culture needs to shine through.

  29. margretta says:

    Music carries our souls

  30. Lola Vukonich says:

    I have enjoyed these random acts of culture so much, especially the Hallelujah Chorus and the Sound of Music. It was beautiful to see all these people singing and laughing together. Makes you feel like there is hope for this old world after all. I hope you will continue with this. It is so exciting.

  31. Cheree says:

    Don’t stop doing this. It is a wonderful idea and we want more~!

  32. Kate says:

    This NYer would love to see a random act of cutlure in Grand Central Station! Well done, very well done!

  33. Elizabeth Ferrell says:

    God bless everyone who participates in a Random Act of Culture! This is food for the hungry soul, & I hope there will be many more acts like this. Please come to Memphis. We need uplifting!

  34. Mavis Williams says:

    I agree with all above, music reaches into the soul and it was so uplifting listening and also watching the joy on everyone’s faces in both Macy’s and San Jose, I too was both laughing and crying with joy. Thank you so much, carry on the good work.

  35. mike d b says:

    WOW God Bless you all. Wonderful and inspiring.

  36. Sue Anderson says:

    I love it, I wish I could be a part of it. Please don’t stop and God bless you all.

  37. David Prince says:

    Seeing these Random Acts of Kindness gives me hope for the future of all of us. Things seem so negative much of the time. Just look at the faces of the people who are the recipients of these acts. Thank you SO much.

  38. Mark Hasson says:

    You brought tears to my eyes as I watched shoppers turn from the worldly to the spiritual in seconds; so very uplifting! Thank you so much! Please…keep up the awesome work!!

  39. annie says:

    When can we do this in Salt Lake?

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