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!"

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Moon River


A unique version of a classic performed with class from the PS22 Chorus class of 2014! (That's a whole lotta class!) "Moon River" is a song by Johnny MercerHenry Mancini, written for the film, "Breakfast At Tiffany's," starring Audrey Hepburn.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Happy!


PS22 Chorus, with the help of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G soloist Christopher, take "Happy" by Pharrell to a whole new level!! Perhaps "Ecstatic" would have been a more fitting title?? The kids insisted that we do this one, and I'm... err... happy they did!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Walker


The kids of PS22 Chorus offer up three minutes and ten seconds of pure unadulterated joy with their cover of "The Walker" by Fitz And The Tantrums!! All the elements come together for a truly winning video -- a brilliant song, an adorable solo (courtesy of Kenyatta), powerful harmony, and a passionate performance! It just doesn't get much better than this, folks!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)


PS22 Chorus pulled out all the stops for this rather amazing performance of one of my favorite songs from my childhood, "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)" by Squeeze! The kids definitely brought new life to this 80s classic!  Love this!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PS22 Chorus Sings In FIFTH HARMONY!


Last Thursday, the incredible girls of Fifth Harmony stopped by to make some music and thoroughly inspire the children of the PS22 Chorus! Making music with Fifth Harmony was an unforgettable experience for the kids, and apparently vice versa! The two groups joined together for special performances of "Miss Movin' On" and "Who Are You," and even a short rendition of "Jar of Hearts" by our previous guest, Christina Perri! The young ladies had some beautiful words for the kids which you can see/hear for yourself after the performance of "Miss Movin' On," the first video shared from this incredible afternoon! So check out the videos below, and our Fifth Harmony photo album on our Facebook page!  (And see the rave reviews our version of "Miss Movin' On" has gotten from PS22's best pal and avid supporter Perez Hilton as well as entertainment blog Pop Dust.)

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

In The Embers


Perhaps the most poignant performance ever from the PS22 Chorus, here is the beautiful "In The Embers" by Sleeping At Last. Special props to Chelsea and Dianeris for their gorgeous duet. Prepare to be moved....


It was wonderful to get such some fantastic positive feedback from Sleeping At Last (see below!) via Twitter, and also from actor Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother who tweeted, "Gorgeous."

Christina Perri


Just last week, the PS22 Chorus was treated to a visit from the lovely and talented Christina Perri! Before her visit we agreed on two songs that we would prepare for the visit - "A Thousand Years" (featured in the movie Twilight) and her new single, "Human!" Oddly enough, perhaps the most special rendition of all was the unplanned "Jar Of Hearts!" This one was a last minute add-on to the setlist that we surprised her with. Christina was such a good sport, as the vocal arrangement I prepared for the kids required her to change the chord structure of her piano part in order for the harmonies to work. She spent the time to work it out with us, and what happened next was sheer magic.  Another highlight is the Q&A featured on the "A Thousand Years" video which includes a Twilight war, insight to Christina's first efforts at song-writing, and chorus members Juan and Kenyatta shamelessly flirting with our guest!

 Check out all the performances below!


Thanks to Mrs. Johnson for filming, and Ms. Laurie for the pics! More below!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Broadcast Debut of The PS22 Chorus Documentary - ONCE IN A LULLABY!!

HUGE NEWS!!!! The broadcast premiere of the award-winning PS22 Chorus Documentary-Once in a Lullaby (which was premiered at Tribeca Film Festival) happens this coming Monday, March 3rd on the NJTV network, a subsidiary of PBS which broadcasts all over the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area! Don't miss this rare opportunity to see what all the fuss is about!!! Click here for more info about Monday's broadcast or click here to find the NJTV network channel on your local cable provider! And to whet your appetite, you might want to check out this glowing review of the film from the LA Times, or simply watch the official trailer to the film below!! UPDATE: Here's another helpful link to assist you in finding the channel for NJTV near you.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bonfire Heart


A blazing hot rendition of "Bonfire Heart" by James Blunt from the PS22 Chorus, given an extra punch by our latest discovery -- 3rd grader Malcolm on the drums!!

Me & My Charms

PS22 Chorus of 2004 alum Clive returns to lead the group in a breathtaking version of one of my all-time favorite songs, "Me And My Charms," by the extraordinary Kristin Hersh! Clive just continually improves with time, and sounds absolutely incredible! And we should mention the video was filmed by chorus member Matthew!


Kristin Hersh tweeted that she was "moved to tears" by the video and sent her love to the kids for their amazing performance!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

LOVE SOMEBODY: The Valentine's Day Project


Recently I reached out to Joe Vercellino, the music teacher at Northpointe Academy in Detroit, Michigan, to congratulate him on the amazing work he's doing with his Beasts of The Beat project. (Someone had sent me a link to a local news station spotlighting the group via Twitter.) He responded saying he'd love to collaborate, connecting his Northpointe Academy Chorus with the PS22 Chorus, suggesting we sing "Love Somebody" by Maroon 5 for a special Valentine's Day video. The results are what you see and hear, an innovative video submitted to promote music education, connectivity, and some seasonal love!  Happy Valentine's Day!