Videos show a choir's impromptu 'celestial' performance outside Carnegie Hall after NYC power outage shut down their show

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  • A group of performers broke into song in the crowded street outside New York's Carnegie Hall after Saturday evening's show was canceled due to a massive power outage that shut down Manhattan. 
  • Several videos posted to social media showed a choir outside the venue singing to a large crowd of onlookers. 
  • One onlooker told INSIDER that she was looking for a viable train and stumbled upon what she described as a "celestial sound." 
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A choir scheduled to perform Saturday night at Carnegie Hall made the best of their canceled show amid a massive power outage that plunged a large chunk of Manhattan into darkness. 

Author and professor Briallen Hopper tweeted that she was stuck on a train for nearly an hour before going above ground to find darkened restaurants and buildings. Hopper told INSIDER she was in the midst of forming a backup plan to catch a train when she followed what she described as a "celestial sound."

"All the trains at 63rd were down so I decided to walk to 57th to see if any trains were running there," Hopper said, referencing a station in the approximately 20-block radius that experienced outages. "Then I heard this celestial sound and I walked toward it."  

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I guess this is what they call a New York moment. After being trapped on the F for an hour because of the power outage I emerged to see dark restaurants & traffic lights, civilians directing traffic, & an evacuated Carnegie Hall concert happening in the street. #nyc#Blackoutpic.twitter.com/3p9UWtRrel

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One user said it was the Millennial Choirs & Orchestras, which was the group scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. show before the venue announced the evening's shows were canceled. 

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A power outage in New York, but it couldn't stop the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, creating a makeshift stage right outside Carnegie Hall. #nycblackoutpic.twitter.com/fPQJzvTS1t

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Another user who saw the performance from above wrote that the makeshift performance was "what turning lemons into lemonade is all about." 

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Now this is what turning lemons into lemonade is all about! We can hear singing from the streets below...the entire @carnegiehall choir including conductor are putting on an impromptu concert by singing outside during the blackout! #NYCBlackout#BeautifulSoundsDuringBlackoutpic.twitter.com/ll5ocnGYvc

 

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New York City #Blackout is beautiful pic.twitter.com/EJjcMyvfii

The rest of the city wasn't as lucky, as more than 40,000 were experiencing power outages around 8 p.m. Saturday, leaving residents stranded on trains, in elevators, and without traffic lights. 

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