Shoppers at the Cache Valley Mall were treated to a Christmas-themed flash mob Friday, in a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. A crowd of about 1,000 people watched the production, which was done by the American Festival Chorus. The chorus is directed and conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop, head of Utah State University’s music department and former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The organization was founded in 2008 and is composed of USU musical faculty and students, as well as outstanding musicians in the community. Loralee Choate, who was in the flash mob chorus, does public relations for the America Festival Chorus. She approached Jessop with the idea of doing a flash mob in Cache Valley. “I thought it would be neat for Cache Valley because they’ve never seen anything like it,” Choate said. “Dr. Jessop agreed, and he asked Kurt Bestor to make an original arrangement.” The song was an original arrangement of the English carol, “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, and took 100 people to produce, from dancers to musicians. This included the Westminster Bell Choir as well the Celtic Dancers of the Valley. “People were coming at 7 in the morning to practice their steps,” Jessop said. “I was pretty impressed.” Directing from the side in the crowd, Jessop said, “Nobody watched me today, but that’s good.” “We did not anticipate that many people,” Choate said. “We had more skipping down the halls planned.” The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present the concert “Christmas from the Ellen Eccles Theatre” on Dec. 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm.
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