Coming off their well-received performance on “The View” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Krieger Schechter student Harrison Fribush and his fellow choir members from the Pikesville day school and the Cardinal Shehan School wanted to do something special for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Harrison, an eighth grade student and Stevenson resident, and his peers recently produced this video of their virtual performance of the late Bill Withers’ classic “Lean on Me,” to thank their teachers and educators around the country for their tireless efforts during the pandemic. The video was created by the Baltimore-based Lasser Media.
“It is so important that we sincerely thank every educator around our country for always being there for us and helping us push through these really tough times,” said Harrison, 14, who introduced the performance with Cardinal Shehan student John Paige. “We all know that teachers have been people we can trust, count on and, of course, lean on.”
The Krieger Schechter-Cardinal Shehan choir partnership began more than a year ago when Harrison prepared for his bar mitzvah at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. He brought the two choirs together — with the support of his parents, Eric and Nicole Fribush, and both school administrations — and created a documentary to raise funds for after-school music programming in Baltimore City.
The documentary, “Music Education Matters,” has so far raised in excess of $11,000. After paying fees from the effort’s Go Fund Me page, Harrison has donated $5,000 to both the Believe in Music and Cardinal Shehan music programs, and the fundraising continues.
During the taping of “The View” on Jan. 14, the students performed a medley of songs — including John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Diana Ross’s “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” — with Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter.
In addition, Harrison was interviewed by “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg — who in 2017 brought the Cardinal Shehan choir to the show to sing Andra Day’s “Rise Up” — and an excerpt of the documentary was shown.