Friday, December 28, 2012

PS22 Chorus Joins Carrie Underwood On Stage!

On Saturday, December 1st, the PS22 Chorus of 2013 kids had the thrill of joining Carrie Underwood onstage at her concert at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey! After performing "So Small" in our very own auditorium this past May with our 2012 group, Carrie has obviously kept PS22 Chorus on her radar, as evidenced by this invitation, PS22's recent cameo appearance on her VH1 Behind The Music special, and her recent tweet showing love for the performance this year's chorus did (with former 2009 member Allie) of her song, "Blown Away!"  UPDATE: Check out the performance from Newark below in this beautifully filmed and edited video, kindly sent to us by Carrie Underwood's management!

The performance has gotten rave reviews from many popular entertainment media sources, including (among many others) and Z100's Elvis Duran And The Morning Show! Check out some amazing pictures of the kids from the performance and from soundcheck courtesy of our friend and photographer, Scott Vollweiler!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Truly the happiest day of the year for the PS22 Chorus is when we visit our loving senior community at Sunrise Assisted Living in Staten Island to share in love, joy, and music....  No better post for today to celebrate the holiday!   Merry Christmas to everyone and lots of love to our extended chorus family all over the world!!

We leave you with some more heartwarming pics from our very own Mrs. Panzella!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

PS22 Chorus on ANDERSON LIVE Christmas Special!

Tomorrow, the PS22 Chorus of 2013 will be appearing on the nationally syndicated Anderson Live show! (Check your local listings!) The kids will be singing you into every commercial break throughout the one hour Christmas special! Check out this cool video of Anderson Cooper and co-host of the day, Gayle King, singing the praises of PS22!

And below are some great pics from our fun afternoon, courtesy of Ms. Kim! You can even see the kids meeting Bow Wow, who also happened to be in the studio, when he stopped in to our green room to show some love when he heard PS22 Chorus was in the house!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winter Concert 2012

PS22 Chorus of 2013 gave one of its most memorable Winter Concerts in history with some stunning performances and much-needed good cheer! Among other phenomenal highlights, the concert included three 2013 debuts, including "Silent Night," "This Christmas," and the complete version of "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards!" Two former members, Allie (2009) and Kahlil (2012) showed up as well and reminded us just how fantastically talented they are! (As if we needed a reminder!!) Check out some amazing video highlights below, courtesy of Ms. Lisa!

And we leave you with some fabulous pics courtesy of Victor Breinberg!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

PS22 Chorus Sings A Loving Tribute To Sandy Hook School

I am extremely proud of the maturity, empathy, and love displayed yesterday by the PS22 Chorus when the kids recorded this tribute to the children, teachers, and families affected by the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT. It was without a doubt the most difficult song for me and the kids to have to teach and learn respectively (for reasons that need not be explained), but in the end, I believe it was important and cathartic for all of us to do this. We hope it brings hope and inspiration to those who need it at this difficult time, and serves as a remembrance to all those who tragically lost their lives last week.

To hear the original version of the Sandy Hook School Song, click here

Friday, December 14, 2012

Joy to the World

We recorded this on my cell phone this morning right after it was taught to the kids. I was going to wait until our next rehearsal to rerecord this on our regular video camera, but after the tragic events at the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut today, I just watched and re-watched this video bawling my eyes out. The slightly melancholy arrangement combined with the joyful lyrics lent itself to a poignancy I never intended. But it brings me comfort and hope, whatever is possible after this soul-crushing, senseless act of violence. My hope is that it can do so for others. I am so lucky to work these special young people at PS22, the harbingers of hope, and am so grateful for them on this sad day...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More Holiday Cheer From PS22 Chorus of 2013!

Here are two beautiful holiday songs recorded at yesterday's rehearsal! The first proves that big things come in small packages -- it's a 30 second heartwarming a cappella rendition of the Christmas traditional "Deck The Halls." The second is a spirited version of "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah!" Check them out below!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

On Top Of The World!

The PS22 Chorus kids get their hands on this incredible, uplifting song by Imagine Dragons and make the most of it! Watching this joyous performance should truly make you feel "On Top Of The World!" C.J.'s soulful delivery of the solo, and the ridiculously tight harmonies the chorus bring (LOVE that second bridge!) definitely makes this a worthy contender for the best so far from our 2013 group!

UPDATE:  Imagine Dragons shared the PS22 Chorus video of their song via their Facebook and Twitter pages, calling the cover "a BEAUTIFUL rendition" and sent "all these kids a big hug!"  Check out the screencap below!

On ABC News and Univision!

Here are two great PS22 Chorus news features that appeared this week on ABC News and Univision 41, respectively, bringing attention to our need for funds for our upcoming trip to the inauguration! Check out the ABC interview below and you can click here to see the Spanish interview on Univision!