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NPR:The PS22 Chorus Goes To The Oscars

After discovering the PS22 Chorus on YouTube, Anne Hathaway showed up at their Winter Recital in December to personally invite them to perform at the awards show. Needless to say, there was a lot of screaming.

In 2006, musical director Gregg Breinberg started posting videos of the PS22 Chorus’s rehearsals on the web, and when Tori Amos, Perez Hilton and eventually Oprah discovered these videos, they became an Internet sensation. Breinberg is particularly fond of arranging choral renditions of rock and pop songs. Their most popular video is of “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, with almost 4.5 million YouTube hits.

Now Breinberg and over 60 10-year-olds are in Hollywood preparing for Sunday’s performance. The PS22 Chorus will be singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

I have been a huge fan of Mr. B and the P.S. 22 Chorus for a few years now. (I like Tori Amos, not so much of a fan of Perez Hilton).  The videos posted by Mr. B. on behalf of the chorus he leads are amazing.  The voices always sound beautiful, and there always seems to be hope ringing through the music.  The kids’ personalities shine through in every video, and their excitement is contagious.  This is the number one thing that I am looking forward to with the Oscars this year.  I haven’t even seen most of the movies up for awards, but I’ll be watching for these kids.

NPR: Wisdom From A Trailblazer: Ruby Bridges Talks Racism In Education

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges made history when she integrated a New Orleans elementary school under the escort of US Marshals. She is widely known as the first African-American to attend an all-white school in the South. In our occasional “Wisdom Watch” series, host Michel Martin speaks with Bridges about her experience and about her spearheading of the launch of New Orleans’ first-ever children’s book festival this weekend.

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