Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apollo 8.0!


The Apollo Theater celebrated it's 80th birthday on June 10th with an incredible all-star concert, and the PS22 Chorus was on hand to help mark the occasion!! The kids, with the help of former PS22 Chorus of 2012 member Kevin, brought down the house performing the classic, "O Happy Day," with none other than the song's creator, Edwin Hawkins, and child prodigy Matthew Whitaker on the keys!! But undoubtedly the most mind-blowing part of the experience took place at soundcheck, before the show even began! R & B legend Gladys Knight, who also happened to be a featured performer at the event, took the time to say hello to the kids while they were rehearsing, and joined them for a special performance of the song!! Fortunately Ms. Lisa had the video camera rolling, so make sure to watch this epic musical moment below!!!


Check out more great pics (which include shots with Gladys Knight, Edwin Hawkins, Wayne Brady & Doug E Fresh) from the event below!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Summer Stock 2014!

Check out these previously unposted goodies that we debuted during the summer of the PS22 Chorus of 2014! Some pretty amazing bonus treats here....

Rise Like A Phoenix!


You need to watch this truly astounding cover of "Rise Like A Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst, truly one of the greatest PS22 Chorus performances of all time!


Also check out the kind words we got from Conchita in response!

Bleachers!


On June 9, the PS22 Chorus was visited by Jack Antonoff (best known as the guitarist from FUN.) and his current band, Bleachers! The kids had a great time singing a couple of the band's songs with Jack, and finding out more about him and his music! Check out the videos below!


More great pics below!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

O.A.R.


Last month, O.A.R. came to jam with PS22 Chorus and it was an epic collaboration! The kids joined in on three of their songs with some magnificent harmonies and the band even joined in with us on a couple of our songs as well! Check out four of the highlights from the amazing afternoon with O.A.R.!!!


Thanks to Marc and Jerry from O.A.R. for a memorable afternoon! Big thanks also to Stephanie and Lauren from O.A.R's team for putting this together and, with Marc's wife Nasim, sending the kids CDs, stickers, and shirts!  The kids made a special thank you video to the band for all the goodies and for the wonderful afternoon with the help of 2004 PS22 Chorus alum, Clive!  Check it out below!


We leave you with some great pics, courtesy of Victor Breinberg! (For more pics with O.A.R., check out our Facebook page!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All Of Me

Another song done at the kids' insistence, and the result speaks for itself. Simply beautiful....

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oysters


PS22 Chorus pays tribute to the enormous talent of Tori Amos with this cover of the beautiful song, "Oysters," from her latest album, "Unrepentant Geraldines!" The kids give an epic performance on a difficult piece of music, and the duet of Alyssa & Janiya is simply out of this world!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Best Day Of My Life

Hard to believe there's only about a month and a half left before the class of 2014 moves on to intermediate school! Some of my colleagues requested "Best Day Of My Life" by American Authors to be sung as the theme to this year's graduation ceremony. PS22 Chorus (and the extraordinary Juan on lead vocals) demonstrates that this was indeed a wise suggestion.... The kids already got some great feedback from American Authors via Twitter & Facebook, saying, "You all KILLED IT!"


Digital Witness

Love this acoustic PS22-ified version of the bizarrely beautiful new single, "Digital Witness," by the brilliant St. Vincent! The kids got some amazing praise for this rendition from St. Vincent (via Twitter & Facebook) and many online publications including SPIN Magazine, Stereogum, and Huffington Post!


Sour Times

PS22 Chorus goes old school, bringing back "Sour Times," a 90s trip hop classic from Portishead! We weren't really expecting to film this as it was only our first rehearsal upon return from the spring break, but the kids gave such a bravura performance on this difficult song, we decided to record and post it in our original one-camera format.

Innovative Charms!


On Monday, April 21, the PS22 Chorus was honored Saturday at the Innovation Cities Tour NYC! Former 2004 member, Clive, helped represent by reprising his amazing performance of "Me And My Charms" by the brilliant Kristen Hersh!  Thanks to Julie Anixter & Craig Hatkoff for an amazing night!


Check out some more great pics from the event from Andrew Federman!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lanterns


And yet again, the PS22 Chorus of 2014 outdoes itself with this high octane cover of "Lanterns" by the amazing Birds of Tokyo! Third grade prodigy Malcolm returns to supply the beats, and soloist Gabriel does an absolutely brilliant job on the leads! The chorus's harmonies are spot on and the kids truly give - one of their most thrilling performances! Thanks to Ms. Lisa for bringing this song to my attention and, of course, for her always beautiful filming of the kids!!


Also a huge honor to see this posted on Birds of Tokyo's Facebook page, proclaiming "This is beautiful!"