The nationally-renowned PS22 Chorus will return to East Brunswick on Thursday evening, June 1 for a special concert hosted by the Daniel Pearl Education Center (DPEC).

The free concert will be held at Temple B’nai Shalom, 15 Fern Road, beginning at 7:00 pm.

The PS22 Chorus from Staten Island has gained national and international notoriety for its performances with Katy Perry, Tori Amos, Garth Brooks, Jason Mraz and others and whose widely publicized performance of "Over the Rainbow" closed the 83rd Academy Awards. The chorus’s videos have been watched nearly 90 million times.

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Directed by Gregg Breinberg, the PS22 Chorus is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, who participate in an annual audition at the beginning of each school year. PS22 is the largest elementary school in Staten Island and students come from a wide cross-section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. The chorus meets twice a week during school hours to practice and performs throughout the year at school functions, local events and on special requests.

“We are so excited that the PS22 Chorus is coming back to East Brunswick for its third concert,” said Dr. Andy Boyarsky, the DPEC chairman. “Each of the kids’ performances has been incredible and uplifting, and we anticipate another memorable evening.”

“The DPEC is all about creating harmony in our communities,” he added, “and there’s no better way to convey that important message than through the beautiful music of community, togetherness and understanding.”

There is no cost for the concerts, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the concert will go to the DPEC, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the ideals of understanding and community – those principles that are part of the legacy of the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl was kidnapped and later murdered by extremists in Pakistan in early 2002.



The DPEC sponsors a wide range of community outreach programs, including an annual trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a speaker series, “teaching tolerance” workshops for area teachers, and more. The DPEC annually participates in the global Daniel Pearl Music Days, an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity.

More information is available by emailing rbrenowitz1@aol.com.