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CT’s ’3 Penny’ Up Tuesday On America’s Got Talent

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For those into NBC’s  America’s Got Talent reality talent show, tonight is Connecticut’s night.

New Haven’s  3Penny Chorus and Orchestra perform in the semi-finals at Radio City Music Hall and whether they move forward in the elimination round depends on votes.

The group wowed judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howard Stern in Las Vegas in June with its rendition of  “Call Me Maybe.”

3Penny is a volunteer chorus and orchestra performing music from Bach to Jepsen with a twist. 

As far as tonight, conductor Arianne Abela had this to say to Java:

“We are very excited and Colin (Colin Britt, arranger)  and I are overwhelmed by all the logistical details of organizing 55 people, but we are also so thrilled and honored to be able to perform in Radio City Music Hall. It’s a place I never dreamed of performing!

We hope people like what we have– it is just as fun and uplifting as our last, and we hope to show people how much fun we have when we are playing and singing together.”

Show starts at 9 p.lm. and voting at 11 p.m.


“AGT” Nick Cannon Stops By At ESPN

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ncannon There was some fun to be had over at ESPN Monday as comic/actor/rapper/producer/tv personality and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon stopped by the Bristol-based sports mega-network to appear on a variety of its tv and radio shows before heading back to his own projects. Cannon, who is married to singer/actress Mariah Carey, not only hosts the popular reality show but is the creator of “Wild ‘N Out,’ a popular comedy team reality show that was on a six-year hiatus but returns to MTV2 on Tuesday. The very personable Cannon, who, with Carey, has two-year-old twins, a son and daughter. grabbed a turkey burger, fries and a bag of pretzels at the ESPN cafeteria, before settling down for a few minutes to Spill the Beans with Java.

Q: Your “Wild ‘N Out’ show is finally coming back! How does that feel?

A: It’s exciting. It will be the show’s fifth season although we did take a long hiatus. When I originally created it, I didn’t want a structured television show. I wanted it to be like the Dean Martin Show, you know, an improvisation show created for my friends. I wanted it to be like a nightclub where we can get on stage and battle each other comedy-wise. We’ve switched the show to New York which is really nice. The show is a lot edgier and more in your face this time. It’s just two comedy teams battling it out.

Q: I understand you are quite accomplished in the field of martial arts. True?

A: My brothers were the ones who were more accomplished. They went to the junior Olympics. I was a little older than them. But we all competed in martial arts tournaments and I have a black belt. It was a team black belt. I think I got it when I was 13. I still do martial arts now and am studying Kung Fu now.

Q: I also heard you are a big boxing fan. Choosing from boxers, living or dead, what would be your dream match?

A: I think everyone would love to see Ali and Tyson, when he was in his prime. That would be interesting although I think Ali would win. I still admire Tyson. I guess I would have to say Roy Jones and Floyd Mayweather. I would love to see that.

Q: “America’s Got Talent” has had opera singers, country singers, dog handlers and a ventriloquist as winners. Any predictions for this year?

A: The talent this year is amazing, the best ever. I’m going to say that it my opinion, it might be a band that wins this year. We have a couple of really good ones. That’s the beauty of the show. It’s not just singers and although people seem to expect singers to win. We have so many different acts. I think a band winning this year would be outstanding.

Q: Can’t help but notice your wedding band. How many carats is it?

A: I think it is about 17 carats.

Q: Sounds like married life is going well. And how is fatherhood?

A: It is amazing. The best right now is that they are two years old and all about watching the world. Our daughter (Monroe Cannon) is out of diapers already but my son (Moroccan Scott Cannon), he just isn’t interested. He doesn’t care.

Q: Will there be more kids?

A: I think we are done. My wife told me if we want more kids, I will have to carry them. So I guess we are finished as far as more children.

Q: Can’t help but notice your wedding band. How many carats is it?

A: I think it is about 17 carats.

CT’s 3 Penny Makes It Through Round of ‘America’s Got Talent’

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A group of Connecticut-based musicians made its way through the first round of the popular NBC tv show “America’s Got Talent” this week and has moved on to the next round in Las Vegas.

The group, 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, led by University of Hartford Hartt School grad Colin Britt and Yale grad Arianne Abela, impressed the tv show judges with a unique version of the Carly Rae’s hit pop song “Call Me Maybe” at the New York City audition site.

Britt is well-known in the Hartford area where he is a staff accompanist at the Hartt School, the Connecticut Children’s Chorus, and for several public school choirs in the Hartford area. He is also the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

On the show, the two said they chose the song because it had been “stuck in their heads” all summer.

While the judges, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandell showed a bit of trepidation as they watched the 45 chorus members and 22 orchestra members walk out onto the stage, they were soon fans. After the performance it was a “yes” from all four when it came time to determine whether or not the group would continue on the reality show.

Among the musicians that are part of the group is Wethersfield Public School music teacher Jakob Voychick.

Las Vegas auditions that will determine which acts go on to the live show will air on July 16 and 17.

WDRC “CT’s Got Talent” Taps Taubl Boys As Winners

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talent2Remember the Taubl Family, those seven talented kids and two talented parents who were stars a few years ago on “America’s Got Talent?”

Well the four brothers, James, Jack, Jeremiah and Sam Taubl, proved they still have it winning the WDRC  “Connecticut’s Got Talent Show” at Zendri’s Stillwood Inn in Meriden on Wednesday night.

Calling themselves “The Asberry Boys,” the four siblings performed a Justin Timberlake tune (accompanying themselves with violins and guitars) wowing judges, Broadway star Billy Johnstone, recording star Jeff Pitchell and the far-less-talented Java.talent1

And what did the star-worthy foursome win?

A gig on Fox Ct next month and an even bigger gig in August, opening for “Chicago” at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre.

“This is great, just great,” said Jeremiah Taubl about the opportunities for the four who are all interested in pursuing a professional singing career.

The talent show was the brainchild of WDRC personalities Mary Jones and Brad Davis and featured nine acts chosen from hundreds of video submissions.

talent3And among those nine, another surprise. Remember Greater Hartford Arts Council head and former insurance exec Kate Bolduc?

Well she too is an accomplished songstress and musician, and these days, sporting a new look that is a far cry from the conservative, buttoned-up professional from days gone by.

talent4Ms. Bolduc was rockin’ it in leather and satin and five-inch sequined stilettos. And she looked and sounded great!  

Second runner-up for the evening was Wint Fenderson (definitely best name of the night!) and first runner-up Crissy Grazio.

hangAnd just have to give a shout-out to Bob Eccleston who performed on his “hang drum,” a percussion instrument that looks and sounds like a steel drum.

You learn something new everyday!