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April 17, 2012

'Flash mob' surprises mall shoppers

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PLATTSBURGH —

Criss wanted to make sure all corners of the Food Court were covered and strategically placed choir members throughout. Some held brightly colored flags that were choreographed into the choir's performance by student members.

Everyone was equipped with powerful voices that resonated well in the bustling Food Court.

"I wasn't sure how it was going to sound, but I see a lot of smiles. I see a lot of hyper people," Criss beamed afterward.

SHOW PREVIEW

The group used the opportunity to spread the word in the community about their annual Gospelfest, scheduled for Saturday, May 5, at the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium.

"We did it (the flash mob) for the surprise, for the unexpected," Criss said. "But the purpose of the event was to promote our concert."

He praised gospel music's ability to bring people together as an important expression of what is in the spirit and the soul.

"Gospel, in particular, brings it out. It can reach everybody," Criss added.

CLOSE TO TEARS

Kris Daley, a community member of the choir who travels from Vermont to perform, said she was fighting back tears as the group came together during the surprise performance.

She has been with the group for about 20 years and credits the students and Criss for their success.

"I really love working with the students," Daley said. "They are so enthusiastic."

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