by Todd Wellington
Only days after making their national debut on Garrison Keilor's Prairie Home Companion radio show, the Balkan Chorus wowed friends and neighbors enroute to winning first place at Tuesday's Lyndon Institute talent show.
A collection of eight Newark girls (five of whom are LI students), the chorus traveled to Indiana last weekend to participate in the nationally syndicated radio program's "Talent From Towns Under 2,000" talent contest.
The chorus' performance on the show, which won them third place overall, will be broadcast to an estimatedaudienceof 2 million listeners.
The group gave a rapt LI audience a sampling of their repertoire by delivering a cappella renditions of three Balkan folk songs.
The Jazz Quartet, featuring the talents of Conor Elmes, Jennifer Hartswick, Miles Sturm, amd Luke Laplant won second place in the contest and stand-up comedian C.J~ Aubin came in third.