Instrumental flash mob at Union Station

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Commuters making their way through Union Station in New Haven on Thursday afternoon were treated to a holiday feast for their ears. Student musicians participated in a flash mob, filling the main hall of the station with classical music.

“I thought it was pretty beautiful. I’m a musician, too, and that really inspires people,” said traveler Romulo Mazza.

About 20 students, ages 11 to 16, were there for the event. They are part of a group called The Harmony Orchestra which is part of Music Haven.

“We have an incredibly diverse group of students that are involved in our lesson programs. We provide free instruments and lessons to over eighty students from every corner of New Haven,” said Philip Boulanger, an instructor with Music Haven.

Music Haven has been teaching students how to play stringed instruments since 2006. Thursday’s flash mob featured violins, violas, and cello’s.

“Every year we try to do some sort of service projects. It’s very important for us to be involved in our community as possible,” said Boulanger.

“It was beautiful. The music was very beautiful. It was a nice way to spend the break between rides on the train,” said Alberto Rodriguez.

The flash mob was the brain child of Sofia Galvan. Galvan is a sophomore at Wilbur Cross High School and has been participating in Music Haven for eight years. She says the orchestra practiced for several weeks leading up to the performance.

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