By KATIE LOVETT
People at the Davidson College student got a surprise Thursday afternoon when area opera singers showed up on campus and sang spontaneously in what organizers billed as a “Random Act of Culture.” Sponsored by the Arts and Science Council with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Random Acts of Culture series brings music from the performance hall to grocery stores, community centers, farmers markets and other non-traditional venues around the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.
A quartet of professional opera singers descended upon the unsuspecting campus to perform “Opera at Lunch.” Students studying, eating lunch, and checking their mailboxes in the Alvarez College Union witnessed the first round of performances at 11:30 a.m. The singers then moved outside of Chambers Academic Building, serenading bewildered students as they escaped from their 12:30 classes. The random performance gathered quite an audience as students and faculty stood by, laughing, clapping and snapping photos.
The singers’ visit was the second Random Act of Culture in Davidson this year. In June, members of Carolina Opera sang at the Davidson Farmer’s Market.
Organizers say the performances provide the community access to the arts in new and unexpected ways. So beware – you never know when you might get hit with a Random Act of Culture!
June 25, 2011, “Farmer’s market suprise: Opera with your tomatoes.” – A report on a previous Random Act of Culture in Davidson, complete with an audio postcard of the scene.