Saturday, March 13, 2010

An IDEAL Week!

This week, the PS22 Chorus of 2010 is on fire! Starting it off with a viral smash of "Lisztomania" by Phoenix, the kids have brought in a whole new bunch of fans from not only the States, but from countries like France, Brazil, Germany,and more! The chorus earned 2 Top 10 YouTube honors for the week and a whole slew of others, while making its homepage the #7 Most Viewed Music Channel this week! (That places it even higher than Beyonce's channel which currently weighs in at #13! Craziness!!)

Also this week, the chorus was invited to perform and make its plea for the arts at the District 31 IDEAL parent forum, which you can see in the video at the top of the post. We thank long-time friend of the chorus, Joan McKeever Thomas (see pic below), for this wonderful opportunity to invest in the future of our chorus children's arts education. The kids did us proud as always, and we hope that in sharing both their talent and their story, we made an impact.

So how can PS22 top a week like this? Well get ready, because we're going to give it the ol' elementary school try! Indeed there's lots more excitement on the way! On Sunday afternoon, the kids will be appearing at Madison Square Garden, where they will be singing the national anthem at the New York Rangers game! Earlier this week, we got a visit from Greg & Faith representing the team, who shot footage of the kids singing their version of "Empire State of Mind Pt. XXII" that will be played at the game alongside highlights of the season. Unfortunately, that video will not be able to be broadcast, but the MSG Network is supposed to be airing the kids' singing of the anthem, though it may be later on in the game during an intermission. Exciting stuff!! Puck drop is at 3:00 PM EST so set those TIVOS & DVRs!

Then on Tuesday, prepare for yet another brilliant PS22 Chorus collaboration! The kids will be joining reggae artist Matisyahu on stage at the 92nd Street Y in N.Y.C.!! They'll be performing their version of Matisyahu's "One Day" with the man himself! You may recall "One Day" was the official song of this year's Winter Olympics, and a great song it is! According to our sources, the show is nearly sold out, and the show will be airing live to 17 different cities in Hillels and JCCs across the country. PS22 will also be hosting a visit from Matis to rehearse (a la our unforgettable Celtic Woman collaboration), so this should prove to be yet another rewarding week for our blog followers!

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Unknown said...

This project is really gaining momentum. (Well, the greater the impact, I guess.)

Sounds like this is going to be a fantastic week where you can bring in some of the well-earned harvest (while also sowing new fan-seeds of course). ;-)

I'm looking forward to it and hope that everything's going to work out the way you want it to.


Bo and the Locomotive said...

This is really, really awesome. I would LOVE to see you guys do a version of "My Girls" by Animal Collective. That would be just insanely beautiful, and another youtube hit i'm sure. Do it!!
Keep up the good work.

Lala said...

You guys rock. Mr. B, have you thought about doing the song Somebody by Depeche Mode? i think the kids would really shine on it.

Unknown said...

@Lala: It's a beautiful song, yes. But having it sung by 10-year-olds would feel pretty awkward unless you rewrote the lyrics completely.

Hayley said...

Can you guys do Crash and Burn by Savage Garden

lucresse said...

fiona sounds beautiful! and she does kinda remind me of avril lavine. mini avril! I love the song. :)