The members of a Staten Island chorus were given a dream opportunity, and dazzled with their rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
In December, the 5th grade chorus of Staten Island’s Graniteville P.S. 22 was informed by actress and Academy Award show Host Anne Hathaway that they would be performing at the star-studded event.
Already YouTube stars, the children have more than 27 million views to their videos, which were posted by their director Gregg Breinberg who said watching them perform is “an emotional experience.” He told The Wall Street Journal “There is a certain sound that you get by not singing properly, and I look for that sound. That’s a sound that I love.”
The ensemble closed the award show with the 1939 Oscar winner for Best Song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” after the performance, the chorus got a standing ovation from the audience.
The 64 student YouTube superstar singers, are scheduled to join Oprah Winfrey for her Oscar special Monday.