Who knew there were scenes right out of Fame to be glimpsed in Oakland?

Yay! to the Oakland Tribune for posting these videos of Oakland School for the Arts’ a capella singing group, Vocal Rush, doing their thing. The group won the International Championship of High School A Cappella last month. That’s probably not as prestigious as the Grammys, but it beats the “95 Percent Attendance Award” I received during those years.

KQED’s Caitlin Esch covered the group’s fundraiser last month. Said soprano De‚ÄôZhanice Kirtdoll: “I’m like the rose that grew from the concrete. There’s so much here that you can enjoy and fall in love with.”

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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