Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

The Mobile Hallelujah

In this participatory choral program open to all interested vocalists, producer Melissa Gerstein and conductor Douglas Anderson team up to bring George Fredric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” – from his Messiah oratorio, the oldest continuously performed piece of Classical music – out of the concert hall and onto the streets of NYC.

Prior to the winter solstice, participants can access a free, specially crafted sound file to download to their smart phone at Then, on December 21st, singers congregate at one of four popular locations spread throughout Manhattan and gather into vocal groups (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Wearing a single ear bud to hear the sound file, which includes an orchestral introduction to set the tempo and pitch, singers and their conductor then synchronize the start of the performance and make their way among the crowds. To the surprise of bystanders, a seemingly spontaneous outburst of the famous choral piece unfolds in their midst, while performers revel in the joy of creating a unique, full-throated version of the choral masterwork.

The Mobile Hallelujah will kick off from Verdi Square and then travel to three additional popular Manhattan locations. Participants and fans can travel along to the performances in all four locations, or join the procession at any spot that is most convenient.

  • Verdi Square, 72nd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side, beginning at 6:00pm. Take the 1/2/3 train to 72nd Street and Broadway.
  • Jefferson Market Garden, 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich Village, beginning at approximately 6:45pm. Take the 1/2 train to Christopher Street.
  • Union Square Park, 17th Street and Broadway, beginning at approximately 7:30pm.  Take the 4/5/L/Q/R train to Union Square.
  • And in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, beginning at approximately 8:15pm. Take the 4/5/6 train to Lexington Avenue and 86th Street.

Any singer who knows their part to the chorus is welcomed and encouraged to participate simply by showing up to their preferred location by the start time, but if you know you will be participating please send a courtesy email with the subject line “Mobile Hallelujah” to that includes your name, location and vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass).

Prior to the day of the parade, download a free version of the SoundCloud app and The Mobile Hallelujah sound file available at You can also download the sheet music for free here. And if you want to practice your part ahead of time, free files are available on  Cyberbass.

Not in Manhattan, but interesting in singing?  Create your own borough performance by contacting us at!

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative