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Flash Mob – Copenhagen’s Philharmonic Playing Ravel’s Bolero at Copenhagen Train Station

Copenhagen Philharmonic Flash Mob at Train Station - Ravel's Bolero

A surprise for train riders. Copenhagen’s Philharmonic orchestra performs Ravel’s Bolero as a startled crowd gathers astonished at the beauty of the music.The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, also known as the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, is a symphony orchestra which both serves as Danish Regional Orchestra for the island of Zealand and, for the summer season while the Tivoli Gardens are open, as resident orchestra in the Tivoli Concert Hall.

The history of the orchestra dates back to 1843 when Georg Carstensen in connection with the opening of the Tivoli Gardens engaged Hans Christian Lumbye to be responsible for music in the gardens. Ever since the orchestra has performed in the gardens during the summer season. In 1846, the orchestra was expanded to 33 members and started to perform symphony concerts under the name Tivolis Orkester. In 1848, the composer Niels Gade started to arrange concerts in Copenhagen with the musicians from the Tivoli Orchestra as a basis for the winter concerts.

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Watch Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the train station:

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Cultural Beacons – Richard Dawkins and the Selfish Gene

Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins - Author of the Selfish Gene and The God Delusion

In 1972, Britain was undergoing a series of power shortages. A young biologist, Richard Dawkins, not being able to work without power in his laboratory, gave himself to writing, and started drafting a book that would shatter the foundations of biology and evolutionist theories. The book was the Selfish Gene, to be published in 1976, it opened a tremendous debate between different scientific factions and philosophers in dealing with the basics of Darwinism and his survival of the fittest theories and its conciliation with altruism in species and ultimately human beings themselves.

Richard Dawkins, now a professor in Oxford, has published several books, including his best-selling last publication “The God Delusion”.

 

Meet Professor Dawkins in this BBC Documentary video

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Noam Chomsky: Manufacturing Consent!

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