Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Best Impromptu Street Performances

A really good street musician is always impressive to hear and many videos of these performances have gone viral over the last few years.  Here is a list of all the best I have seen (not in person), although I have seen some live performances that I have been very happy to stumble upon.

This was a performance by the famous violinist, Joshua Bell, in a DC Metro Station. It was planned by a writer at the Washington Post as a study of how people respond to street performers and whether they would recognize a master.

This one is amazing and beautiful.  It is an entire orchestra (with chorus) that performs Beethoven's 9th and each musician emerges from a hidden location every time their piece of the symphony begins. This video, outside of hearing an amazing orchestra play, shows Beethoven's complete and utter genius. The power of the composition in the 9th symphony is unparalleled.

I don't know if this one was planned or if this pro concert pianist just sat down as he passed by a public piano in London.

Another pianist who plays a public piano at the delight of passengers waiting for their plane.  This is a fun one because he plays several different variations of Fur Elise.

This crew has done this a few times now, but it would be very cool if you were on the same flight. It is the cast of The Lion King musical bursting into the opening song of the play.

A street guitarist just doing his thing and proving to be a damn fine picker.

This recently went viral and made me happy when I first saw it.  A street guitarist is doing his thing when two dudes passing by felt the muse and broke out a little freestyle.  The guy in the reflector vest made me laugh because he was heading into the nearby store and couldn't help but take the time to get involved.

I love finding a good bucket drummer in DC.  They are usually GoGo drummers and a whole lot of fun, but this kid is impressive.

Not musicians, but these Ugandan kids are kinda awesome.

If you know of some others, please link them in the comments below.

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