Snowstorm Blamed as Newtown Kids' Grammy Performance Canceled

The performance would have seen an independent choir of Newtown children perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Call Me Maybe," but network officials say winter weather interfered, according to the Hartford Courant.

A choir of kids from Newtown won't sing their songs at the Grammys after all.

The scheduled performance would have seen the independent chorus, run by Sabrina Post, perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and Carly Rae Jepsen's 2012 hit "Call Me Maybe." But after it was unexpectedly cancelled this afternoon, officials at E! cited the snowstorm as a reason for the cancellation, according to the Hartford Courant.

The group previously performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for Good Morning America with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and members of the Talking Heads. In an appearance on CNN Friday, Superintendent Janet Robinson clarified that the group, led by Sabrina Post, was independent and not related to the Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus, led by Maryrose Kristopik, who sang "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl with Jennifer Hudson.

"The chorus that sang from Sandy Hook at the Super Bowl is a chorus of Sandy Hook students led by their music teacher," she said, according to CNN's transcript. "I do not know for sure who the other group is."

In a statement released prior to the cancellation, Newtown's Board of Selectmen issued a statement declaring their pride in both choirs.

"Thank you to all these children, their parents and their leaders for helping us heal through music," said the statement, signed by Pat Llodra, James Gaston and Will Rodgers. "For us, there can never be too much beautiful music, especially that which comes from the hearts of our children."

CTBSC February 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Mary, thank you. Some of the kindest words I've read all day. It is beautiful and we SHOULD be proud!!!
CTBSC February 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM
To Richard Mann - I don't find comments like yours useful. They are full of anger and hate. They don't belong in a town trying to rebuild showing kindness and love. A town that can use kindness every day. Many have forgiven and moved on. they are the people that represent " we are Newtown, we choose love."
Sam Mihailoff February 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM
the meaning, intent and love has now gained volume...fff and the dreams you dare to dream really can come true http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGsNJ-70KXQ&feature=youtu.be&t=2m26s
Katerina February 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
What is really sad is that th children didn't need to go on public television to sing over the rainbow. They could have just sang it to the residents of Newtown at a memorial, It seems the head of this group is always looking for an opportunity for other intentions. The children are not to blame. This was a very sad and tragic event in our town and the children here need support from each other . Public tv is. A Power play for publicity for the private company that has no affiliation with Newtown schools, we are all still in morning here . Very upsetting
CTBSC February 19, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Katerina, the children in the Newtown choir raised $25,000 for this town with the sale of their recording. IT WAS FOR THE TOWN. There are plenty of people, companies, whatever/whoever from all over the world, donating money, items, raising funds for this community that have NO affiliation with the school system here. The choir never once misrepresented themselves by claiming they were affiliated with NPS. What you should remember is that the very person you are condemning for putting together this group, along with many of her past and present students, provided the music for the big memorial at Fairfield Hills. Did you ever stop to think that shaking hands or playing games with the parade of professional athletes that have been in town the past two months isn't helping THESE particular kids heal? Perhaps this is their way of healing, through song...and they raised a nice bit of money for NYA while they were at it. Seems to me like they did some GIVING to their town. AND so you are clear...they did sing it for the people of Newtown...and the world. The person in charge should be thanked for the countless hours she volunteered to help these children and this town. Forgive and move forward.
Richard Hooker February 19, 2013 at 09:40 PM
TB, are you a professional therapist that can tell us how we can heal these Children that were imported into this group that are NOT from Newtown or Sandy Hook? You really need to back off of people, before you know what you are talking about. You are DEAD wrong with your supposed expert opinion on how they never claimed they were from any part of the Newtown School System. I guess you think its ok to steal from the school system like she did, and you can make up for it when its a opportunity to bring attention to yourself. Sabrina was charged with multiple felonies for STEALING from Newtown...its a little hard to let that go when it was against the children, the school, and the town.
CTBSC February 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM
First, all the children ARE from Newtown and Sandy Hook. Second, they never claimed to be a choir from any of the schools here in town. The media was corrected whenever THEY made a mistake. Clearly you were not involved in this project so don't assume you know what went on behind the scenes. As far as Sabrina is concerned I, and many others, have moved on from the events of 8 YEARS AGO. We know what she has given to this town since and her studio provides many children with a chance to be a part of a team. A place they feel safe to express themselves and a place to watch their hard work come to life. You obviously are not a fan and that's fine. But oh my goodness, let it go. It is ridiculous and beyond boring to keep bringing it up over and over again every time you see her name. I certainly hope no one in your family ever makes a terrible mistake, as you seem to be with out the ability to forgive. Concentrate on something else, I'm sure you have better things to do.
Sam Mihailoff February 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Richard you should try practicing being positive instead of negative all the time. The person is upset, the children were trying to help. Show a little compassion
Richard Hooker February 20, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Sorry Sam, but I cannot show compassion to a person who already stole from the school, and had 8 charges, and got away with a slap on the wrist. it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I am absolutely NOT negative all the time, don't act like you know me and play on my words, and be a wise ass. Now I know why people talk the way they do about you in town. I always give people the benefit of the doubt. You proved them right.
Richard Hooker February 20, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Clearly I would NEVER become involved with that woman with her criminal record. Sorry, but I cannot let go, someone who got away with stealing from us, with only a slap on the wrist. There is nothing worse than a theif. Lets keep my family out of it with personal attacks upon them. I wont sink to that level, and neither should you if you are a respectable human being.
Sam Mihailoff February 20, 2013 at 05:25 AM
your "buds" in town must really have an abundance of free time if I'm the topic of conversation...I feel flattered
Sam Mihailoff February 20, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Gina...err I mean Richard next time your "Bash Sam" buddies gather, might I suggest you start with a nice song... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_DxNpW1kHQ Peace
Dawne Kornhaas February 20, 2013 at 12:05 PM
To err is human, to forgive is divine.
CTBSC February 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM
She suffered more than a slap on the wrist and I can think of a lot worse things than a thief. If you don't want to support her or forgive her, that's your choice. But do you have to bash her every time her name is brought up? She may not have suffered enough in your book, but her family has. She has children in town, think of them. The kids that attend SEP work incredibly hard to bring this world something beautiful by way of music. Have you ever seen one of the shows? If you have, maybe you could get past the bad feelings you have and support the kids, they need it. As far as your family, no one attacked them, don't be ridiculous. But when you attacked the choir, you attacked a lot of families in this town. Its really not worth it to continue this. When you are so full of anger and have to lash out, it just hurts those around you. Honestly, my suggestion for you if you can't support this particular group of kids in town and try and rise above all the negativity, maybe you just shouldn't read anything or look at anything that has to do with Sabrina or SEP. It's obviously too upsetting for you.
CTBSC February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM
YESSSS!!! It feels so much better than holding on to such anger.
Dawne Kornhaas February 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Thanks TB. Anger is a very blinding emotion.
Richard Hooker February 20, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I speak for many other families who share the same sentiment. My guess is that you are either a family member or someone who helped in her escapades. Either way her attention seeking has succeeded but the truth came out. You can say I am angry, yes. Very angry at something so severe against the town. Sorry you need to push your agenda , and be so persistent in trying to bury the past... But it still is there and there still are many people who cannot look past it.
Sam Mihailoff February 20, 2013 at 03:03 PM
pushing agendas...We all have them, even you Gina, errr, I mean Richard I was outraged when the theft matters surfaced eight years ago...I caught flack for being vocal about it. The school system (Pitkoff) never pursued the matter enough, I thought...a year off with pay (administrative leave) and when it came down to brass tacks, Pitkoff caved and a nice-nice- plea deal was reached. This infuriated me even more. However, that is our legal system and we must abide by it. Remember, even OJ was innocent in the eyes of the law. However, when the school system declined the idea of SOTR on 12-18, because it was not in their "band-width"... it was Mrs. Post who stepped up when asked; she went up a few pegs in my estimation on that day. She is no dummy, and I am quite certain she knew that her involvement would raise some eyebrows and perhaps irritate old wounds. She has the talent, tons of talent and well-trained and eager students at the ready so she accepted the “GRATIS” undertaking for one reason and one reason only...an attempt to heal souls and hearts of OUR community through music and song. For this, I give her a tip of the hat and a mighty hurrah. Positive enough for ya, Karen???
CTBSC February 20, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Richard I am neither a family member or involved in any "escapades". I don't have to be to know that forgiveness is an important part of life; a lesson that needs to be practiced more often in this world. Wise words... "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." Mahatma Gandhi
Richard Hooker February 20, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Ok, I forgive you for supporting this.
Sam Mihailoff February 20, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I hardly look for your acceptance or forgiveness...we all have opinions and agendas...you are not judge or jury...just one of US, with an opinion and agenda... Peace
CTBSC February 20, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Whew! I am so happy to be forgiven for supporting a group of children in our community! I feel so much better!! Thank you thank you! You are a really good person and a wonderful role model for the people of our town. You don't make us look like idiots at all!!
Sam Mihailoff February 20, 2013 at 10:37 PM
yep...no negativity or sarcasm in that Richard. You are a hypocrite.
Richard Hooker February 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM
And yet again, the true Sam strikes again. Seriously??
Matthew Sullivan February 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Sabrina Post taught me music theory at NHS in 2003. I know firsthand her love of music, young people, and of music. Yes, she made a big mistake and broke the law. And she paid her debt to society. I vividly remember the shame associated with that event. People forget that she had a son at NHS through the whole thing. What ever happened to forgiveness? Ms. Post is a real Newtowner, who really cares about the town; unlike some of those who have been attacking her unfairly.
Why? February 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM
By the way, since this statement about approaching the school on 12/18 and saying the school "REFUSED" or said it was just too soon, do me a favor and think back to 12/18. It was the Tuesday after the shooting. There were three funerals that day and I believe two wakes. I can't even imagine Janet or Pat taking a meeting that day, it must have been inbetween the services. I kind of think there was a lot going on.....so this whole thing about the administration turning, an idea, away, it was a really bad time and it was too early.
Sam Mihailoff February 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Kat February 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Her group the children should have sang to all the other children. What an operator. She seizes every opportunity for her business . It's sickening . I have been doing charitable events for years and teaching Newtown children music original composition a non compeyitive envirement for all kids. way before this tragedy. I am still in morning like so many for those kids lost. No amount of money will be enough prayers and goodwill and genuine love is the only way to heal our town .it doesn't take a performance on tv
CTBSC March 08, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Kat, her kids sang at the Fairfield hills memorial. Did you realize it was Sabrina that provided that beautiful music? Many many people don't because she asks for nothing in return. I guess you are also against all the money that is being sent to this town, as well as the two other singing groups that have appeared on tv. Or is it just Sabrina's kids you don't approve of. It's really sad to single them out.
Sam Mihailoff March 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
a shame this still continues...a good deed was done; something beautiful that was shared to millions and gained donations for first responders and the Newtown Youth Academy...ditto the Nascar publicity during the Daytona 500... should anything that was televised be void of donations? or is it because 8 years ago a person did something wrong, got arrested and paid the debts to society (to the agreement and satisfaction of the judicial system)...better check the arrest records of the entire Nascar pit crew if not!!! The efforts of Sabrina Post and the entire GMA project were noble...it took the soon to be former-Superintendent and an untoward verbal attack to curtail more funds coming to the Newtown Youth Academy ...it had NOTHING to do with the school system, so Robinson should have made NO comment whatsoever. My concern still remains “who called CNN, to offer the information???”


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