The flash mob comprised of UAMS employees surprised the audience with a performance of "Deck the Halls."
Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., and Pat Torvestad, lead the audeince in a holiday sing-along.
Roxane Townsend, M.D., UAMS Medical Center CEO, was the emcee for the event.
Dec. 9, 2013 | This year’s Hollyday Concert at UAMS was pleasantly interrupted by a jolly group of employees who pulled off the first-ever flash mob during the annual showcase of festive performances.
Just as Marcus Murphy, an Academic Services employee, plunked the first few notes behind the piano for his intimate performance of “Mary, Did You Know?,” the aesthetic distance was shattered as an employee stood up and began singing “Deck the Halls.” Right on cue, other employees in on the gag began standing and trading verses before the group came together on stage to finish the number as the rest of the crowd sang along.
The flash mob, directed by Lauren Farabough of the Office of Communications & Marketing, wasn’t listed in the program and caught most in attendance off guard.
“Who knows what might happen next?” said Roxane Townsend, M.D., UAMS Medical Center CEO and vice chancellor of Clinical Programs, who emceed the event. “You have to be on your toes around here at all times.”
Sponsored by the UAMS Hospital Administration and Auxiliary, the annual event was part of a series of events at UAMS called Friday Live @ UAMS. For more information on the arts at UAMS, visit http://arts.uams.edu. If there is someone in your area on campus who can sing, play an instrument, dance, improvise or entertain, email contact information to UAMShastalent@uams.edu.
Click here for more pictures from the event, which featured:
- Holiday Sing-Along Medley: Frosty the Snowman, Let it Snow, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and White Christmas”
Featuring UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., on piano and Pat Torvestad, retired vice chancellor of Communications & Marketing on vocals
- “My Baby Fell for Ol’ Saint Nick”
Guitar and vocals by Luke Johnson, Information Technology
- “Mary, Did You Know?”
Vocals and piano by Marcus Murphy, Academic Services
- “This Christmas” Kelton Toles, Hospitality Services
- “You Gotta Get Up”
Guitar and vocals by Steve Boone, Ph.D., associate provost for learning and support
- “The Star Still Shines”
Linda Thompson, Institutional Advancement