When you listen to 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, your first impression would be that this is a group of professional musicians who train relentlessly through the year striving for musical perfection.
Well, the training part is correct. The Connecticut based group practices their crafts as often as possible to maintain their impeccable harmony.
But before those nighttime practice sessions, the singers, drummers, violin players and more head off to their nine-to-five jobs.
The group is made up of volunteers who work as teachers, pastors and doctors with a love for all things music. They came together in 2012.
According to their website, they perform “classical music-with a twist.”
The orchestra displayed that “twist” during their acclaimed performances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
During their first audition in July, the group took the stage clad in all black clutching their instruments, leading celebrity judge Howard Stern to quip that he “doesn’t like orchestral music” and that he found it boring.
Then they began to play Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2012 mega hit “Call Me Maybe.”
Their unique take on the score and monstrous vocals bellowed over the cheering crowd, bringing a smile to the judge’s faces. The group got a unanimous pass to the next round.
Calling on one of the most popular songs of this year for their performance during the live performance rounds at Radio City Music Hall, the group crooned Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
To liven up their performance, the group illuminated their instruments with white lights.
While their energy was way up and the performance got the crowd on their feet, the judge’s had mixed reactions.
Former Spice Girl Mel B thought the song “didn’t work as well as ‘Call Me Maybe.’”
But Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel praised the group, as Mandel said there was something special about the way they “juxtaposed orchestra music into pop.”
The group will need America’s help if they hope to continue on in the competition.
To vote for 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra call dial 1-866-602-4801. You can also vote online up to 10 times at http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote/ and on Twitter using #voteAGT withtheir name, 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, along with why you are voting for the group.
To watch the group's first audition, visit http://tinyurl.com/pvy8xhm.
Also visit 3 Penny Orchestra on Facebook at www.facebook.com/3Pennyco for videos and photos of performances.