SNL Silent Night Honors Connecticut School Shooting Children [video]

SNL Silent Night
Source: NBC Saturday Night Live

In times of great tragedy Saturday Night Live has always played it well by tip-toeing back into comedic proportions. Right after the 911 NYC tragedy SNL asked Mayor Rudy Giuliani on the special if it was okay to be funny again. Instead of asking this time around Saturday Night Live started their special immediately with a CT School shooting memorial with children singing.

The featured song on Saturday night for the SNL episode was “Silent Night” performed by the New York City Children’s Chorus. Saturday Night Live listed it titled as, “Silent Night Cold Open.” It was a slow quiet solemn start with a single candle twinkling on screen as the hum of children started singing the soothing and popular Christmas song. After the 1 minute and 30 second performance of Silent Night by the NYC Children’s Choir the lights faded out, came back up and the kids announced, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night.”

The song was presented to honor the 20 children taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT. The names of the children were released on Friday by the Sandy Hook police on TV and were also included on a victims list at Huffington Post. The SNL Silent Night memorial song was honoring the following victims:

  • Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
  • Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
  • Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
  • Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
  • Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
  • Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
  • Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
  • Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
  • Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
  • Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
  • Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
  • James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
  • Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
  • Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
  • Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
  • Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
  • Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
  • Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
  • Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
  • Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
  • Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
  • Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
  • Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

You can find more information about the children that performed the “Silent Night” opening for Saturday Night Live at their organization home page at The¬†official¬†name of the choir organization is New York City Children’s Chorus located at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. The SNL appearance was listed on the concerts announcements as two different groups performing, the In Harmony group and the Concert Choir. The event was described as, “Appearance on Saturday Night Live with special guest artist Sir Paul McCartney NBC Studios / Live television broadcast.”

The next performance for the NYC Children’s Chorus will be on December 16th, 2012 at 4pm EST at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church lead by conductor Andrew Henderson backed up by the Saint Andrew chorale and Orchestra. You can find more information about this performance on their concerts page for December 2012.

You can watch the entire Silent Night video from SNL below:

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