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posted: Tue, Jun 20th, 2017

Students perform at Prudential Center  

Forty-five members of the fifth-grade chorus recently performed at the Prudential Center in Newark, joining 8,500 other area students in a concert presented by American Young Voices.  The organization arranges concerts of large school choirs all over the world for students in grades 2-8, with productions including full-orchestras and high-end lighting design.

The New Jersey performance included a mix of songs in different genres. The concert opened with a traditional song from South Africa, and featured a gospel medley and classic rock songs such as “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams, “Since You’ve been Gone” by Rainbow, “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin, and “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett.

The program closed with a tune that might have been more familiar to students: “Firework” by Katy Perry. 

“The students, teacher chaperones and I were swept up from being part of something so big and magical,” said Lisa King, music teacher. “This was truly making music." 

The fifth-graders rehearsed with Mrs. King for months and performed the songs for their family and friends the afternoon before the Prudential Center performance. The students also rehearsed with their peers from area schools for two hours on the afternoon of the joint concert.

In the last 20 years, more than 1 million students have participated in American Young Voices shows.

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