What Happens When Everyday People Get a Chance to Conduct a World-Class Orchestra

Here’s what ImprovEv­ery­where did. They:

put a Carnegie Hall orches­tra in the mid­dle of New York City and placed an emp­ty podi­um in front of the musi­cians with a sign that read, “Con­duct Us.” Ran­dom New York­ers who accept­ed the chal­lenge were giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­duct this world-class orches­tra. The orches­tra respond­ed to the con­duc­tors, alter­ing their tem­po and per­for­mance accord­ing­ly.

Improv Every­where is “a New York City-based prank col­lec­tive that caus­es scenes of chaos and joy in pub­lic places. Cre­at­ed in August of 2001 by Char­lie Todd, the orga­ni­za­tion “has exe­cut­ed over 100 mis­sions involv­ing tens of thou­sands of under­cov­er agents.” Find more of their “work” on YouTube.

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  • Linas Nenartavicius says:

    Haha, awe­some!

  • Jackie says:

    Can they PLEASE do this again when the Macy’s Great Amer­i­can March­ing Band is in town??? I know about 250 amaz­ing music kids who would absolute­ly die to get them­selves in front of an orches­tra like that :-D

    • ciotog says:

      Sor­ry, that’s not what this is about. There are hundreds/thousands of individuals/groups world­wide that would “absolute­ly die” for the chance to con­duct this orchestra.nThis par­tic­u­lar oppor­tu­ni­ty was designed to inspire oth­er­wise non-music-lovers to see what they’re miss­ing.

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  • DanaB says:

    The best thing I’ve seen and heard today. Amaz­ing work!

  • Max says:

    it’s cool

  • Boulga says:

    Awe­some. I wish I could have a go! But with a music sheet please.

  • Mary says:

    What fun! There’s a lit­tle bit of con­duc­tor in all of us.

  • rengcutea29 says:

    Recent­ly I was REALLY low on cash and debts were eat­ing me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decid­ed to make mon­ey.. on the inter­net. I went to sur­vey­money­mak­er dot net, and start­ed fill­ing in sur­veys for cash, and sure­ly I’ve been far more able to pay my bills! I’m so glad, I did this! With all the finan­cial stress these years, I real­ly hope all of you will give it a chance. — kmep

  • Bhupendra says:

    The music meant for priv­eleged few has been brought on the soil and cond­cut­ing an orches­tra a dream has been ful­filled for few. Great effort to make this earth a bet­ter liv­ing place.

  • Oscar Mares says:

    I real­ly real­ly like this idea. I checked out a few oth­er videos in the chan­nel and they have very cool stuff :D

  • Camille Todd says:

    I’m not at all sure about you have more than enough to pay your bills now. Gra­cious­ly please explain what you mean.. What was it you did again? Thank You. What is Sur­vey­money­mak­er? Sounds inter­est­ing.

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