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.”
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.