Friday, October 31, 2014

Celebrate Halloween with the "SCARECROW!"


Ms. Lisa requested this song a couple of weeks ago, and we decided it was the perfect choice for the PS22 Chorus of 2015 to sing on Halloween!! It's a PHENOMENAL performance of "Scarecrow" by Alex & Sierra! The new chorus members completely outdid themselves on this one, and were happy to welcome the incredible 4th grader Dapo (brother of "Boom Clap" soloist Aesha) in on the fun to help out with those really low notes on the solo parts!! Have I mentioned how much I'm loving this new 2015 crew???

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ariel Pink!


On October 14th, the PS22 Chorus of 2015 was treated to a visit from the king of indie music, Ariel Pink! (You may remember the PS22 Chorus of 2011 covered Ariel's amazing song, "Round and Round" to astounding effect! Ariel was amazing with the kids -- funny and demonstratively appreciative of the hard work they did tackling his music! The chorus teamed up with him on two of his new songs, "Picture Me Gone" and "Jell-o!" Check out both performances (which include some entertaining excerpts from the Q & A) below!


More great pics below, and even more can be found on our Facebook page!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PS22 Chorus of 2015 is GLORIOUS!!


PS22 Chorus of 2015 shows a soulful side with this performance of the new song, "Glorious," by David Archuleta! It's hard to believe sophisticated harmonies like these are coming out of this new group so early on in the school year! On his Twitter page, David Archuleta himself admitted he got the chills from this performance!




Cool Kids!


PS22 Chorus of 2015 tackles the breakout hit from one of our favorite new bands, Echosmith! Soloist Sierra gives a sensitive and thoroughly gorgeous performance on the leads, and the group proves the point with this performance that they don't have to wish.... they're the coolest!

The Swon Brothers visit PS22 Chorus!


On October 1, The Swon Brothers, who tore it up on NBC's The Voice and are now breaking into the country music scene big time, came to visit the PS22 Chorus of 2015! The guys were incredibly cool, answering questions from the kids and inviting them to join them for a special version of their song, "Pretty Beautiful" that lived up to its namesake! Our two groups also joined forces for one more special performance still to come!


We leave you with some more great pics from our afternoon with The Swons! For even more, visit our Facebook page!

Boom Clap! PS22 Chorus of 2015 Officially Arrives!!


PS22 Chorus of 2015 marks its official arrival in a big way with its first video of the year, and the new crew doesn't disappoint!! The kids bring their A-game to Charli XCX's energetic pop smash, "Boom Clap," with some beautifully executed harmonies, a dreamy unison, a sincere passionate performance, AND featuring a gorgeous solo from new member Aesha! If this is the caliber of performance we can expect from these kids on a regular basis, it's safe to say it's going to be quite a year!!

Jason Mraz!


The PS22 Chorus of 2015 takes the record for the earliest debut performance out of any of the previous years' groups! After Jason Mraz contacted us asking for the kids to back him up on a couple of songs at a concert he was giving at St. George Theater right here in Staten Island, we kicked things into high gear to make sure to be ready for the event! And before the full group was even finished being auditioned, the chorus was backing up Jason on two of his songs, "Back To The Earth" and "Plane," and received a well deserved standing ovation at the show!! Check out both amazing performances below and find more pics on our Facebook page!

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!