On Monday, the PS22 Chorus of 2012 brought down the house yet again at the Samsung Hope For Children Gala at the American Museum of Natural History!! In the video below, they are introduced by Kevin Jonas as the kids present the original "PS22 Rap" led by Ah-meen with Daniel-san on the drums! In addition to Kevin's awesome intro, the kids also were given some kind words by Regis Philbin, the MC of the evening, at the close of their performance! You can also spot John Legend (who heard the kids perform just the other day at the Clarins Million Meals Gala at Lincoln Center) in the audience during the video grooving to the kids amazing sounds! Also in attendance were former first lady Laura Bush, Eli Manning, Tim Tebow, Boomer Esiasaon, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, Jimmie Johnson, David Alan Grier, Dominique Dawes and a bevvy of other big names!
But the best moment of all happened after the performance, when the kids got a private introduction to the fabulous Jennifer Hudson!! We came up with literally a last minute arrangement of the song when we heard we were going to get to say hello, and the kids gave an amazing mini-performance despite their excitement! Jennifer even joined in on a harmony at one point! It was wonderful to see that she is as wonderful off-stage as she is on, and made for one of the coolest celeb encounters PS22 has had! Personal highlight was comparing Simon Cowell stories -- we both have had the privilege of being alternately praised and panned by Mr. Cowell. Simon has lauded PS22's YouTube videos but was critical of the Academy Awards performance. Jennifer too received some unfair criticism from Simon and could relate.... We ultimately agreed that Simon "don't know nothin'!" LOVE HER!!
Check out some fantastic pictures below of the event as captured by photographer David Hechler, who was kind enough to send them on and allow us to post! Thanks to him and Victor & Bonnie Breinberg for additional pics included on this post!