arts and pop culture | April 04, 2016

Three, Two, One, Liftoff!: Choir! Choir! Choir! Perform “Space Oddity” in NYC

Last week, Toronto’s motivational and inspirational Choir! Choir! Choir! played two massive shows in New York City at the venerable Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, both as part of the star-studded David Bowie tribute “Music Of”: two hours of Bowie songs covered by legendary performers like Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe, Sean Lennon, Debbie Harry, Cat Power, The Pixies, and more. Announced back in January by promoter Michael Dorf, and selling out within the day, this “poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers, and fans” raised over $300,000 for music education programs—and featured Choir! in one of their most moving and must-see performances.

Despite the incredible set-list, Choir! Choir! Choir! arguably stole the show, closing out the night (and saving the best for last) with a group rendition of “Space Oddity,” involving both the New York City Children’s Chorus as well as all the previous performers and audience members.

The group sing-along and shared musical experience managed to bring out some serious emotional payoff for an already powerful night. The Wall Street Journal called it the “emotional high point of the evening” and a “rare moment where everyone was a part of the show, contributing vocals.” And, as Rolling Stone reports: “It seemed like most in attendance knew the words by heart, and the sound of 3,000 people singing Bowie’s first hit like it was the National Anthem was hauntingly beautiful.”

We’ll leave the last word from the Choir!-penned diary of the evening in the Toronto Star.

“The choir starts us off with some oohs,” writes co-founder Nobu Adilman, “and when it’s time for the audience to join, they don’t hesitate for a second. The night’s featured performers then amble on the stage and the mega-epic Choir! Choir! Choir! sing-along tribute to David Bowie begins.

“It’s difficult to describe the power of the moment but both Daveed and I felt like we were floating, powered by all the voices.

“I turn around and see Daveed belting it out, and right behind him, there’s [Wayne] Coyne next to our choir doing the same. Bettye LaVette is downstage.

At the end of the song, everyone in the hall does those trademark hand-claps and the stage lights cut out …

Nothing could be finer …”

Combining the best of creativity, collaboration, and community-building, Choir! Choir! Choir! is teamwork at its most harmonious. To book Choir! for your next keynote event or conference, or for more information on our other inspirational speakers, leadership speakers, or innovation speakers, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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