Photo: The PS22 Chorus in 2010, and their choirmaster Gregg Breinberg
The members of a Staten Island chorus has been given a dream opportunity. The 65-member group will be singing at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
In December, the 5th grade chorus of Staten Island’s Graniteville P.S. 22 was informed by actress Anne Hathaway – co-host of the Oscars – 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 night of the award show, the chorus will sing 1939 Oscar winner for Best Song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and an unidentified second piece.
The Academy Awards will not be the first time the children have sung in front of a high profile audience. They have already performed at the White House.
Under the instruction of the exuberant choirmaster Breinberg, the chorus have sung Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Rihanna, John Lennon, Katy Perry, The Cure, Phoenix, Owl City, MGMT, Lady Gaga, and even classics from Survivor, Bon Jovi, and Journey.
The 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California will be aired on February 27th at 8|5p.