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Published:April 11th, 2014 11:51 EST

Billy Joel Surprises Elementary School Performing Billy Joel Tribute Concert

By Robert Paul Reyes

"`We invited Billy Joel on a lark, but we didn`t expect him to come. It was totally thrilling,` said Nomi Rosen, principal at Deasy Elementary School in Glen Cove, N.Y.


Deasy students put on a spring concert, titled: The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute, at Finley Middle School`s Wunsch Art Center on Wednesday.

The 64-year-old Piano Man singer and New York City icon showed up just before showtime , and watched the 350 students perform 15 of his songs."


Billy Joel is a class act; he quietly sat in the back and enjoyed the tribute in his honor.

Joel`s music is timeless, and his fans span several generations and his appearance at the elementary school ensures that his music will live on in the youngest generation.

It gives me hope for the future that this elementary school didn`t hold a spring concert in honor of Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus  -- they celebrated a true musical genius.

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