Morristown’s Got Talent: And the winners are…

First Place, worth $1,000: The brother-sister team of Stasz (violin) and Junia (piano)Klinge-Loy, who played “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti. They were so good, the audience kept interrupting the finale with applause.

Stasz and Junia Klinge-Loy with their winner's check at the 2011 Morristown's Got Talent!  Photo by Bill Lescohier

Stasz and Junia Klinge-Loy with their winner's check at the 2011 Morristown's Got Talent! Photo by Bill Lescohier

Second Place, worth $500: Robert Matarazzo, an employee from Morristown’s AT&T store, who gave a sublime performance of Roy Orbison’s “Crying.”

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Robert Matarazzo receives his second-place award at Morristown's Got Talent! Photo by Bill Lescohier.

Third Place, worth $250: Morristown High School senior Jenny Shih, for her powerful interpretation of Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35.

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Jenny Shih accepts her third place prize at Morristown's Got Talent! Photo by Bill Lescohier

They edged out 13 other very strong acts in the smoothest, most entertaining edition yet of Morristown’s Got Talent!  Next year will be the fifth anniversary. The Morris Educational Foundation will have to dig deep to top this year’s show.

The judges–pop singer Blaire Reinhardt, opera singer Karen Notare, CNBC’s Guy Adami and Jonathan Peirce, production director of the Community Theatre–said their selections were unanimous.

“Having a really solid performance and being able to sell it to the crowd” were key criteria, Blaire said, “and all of (the winners) really sold it.”

The dual emcees–longtime sports announcer Bill Bromberg and impressionist John DiDomenico (Donald Trump, Austin Powers, Dr. Phil)  also did a nice job of moving things along.

Of course, the biggest winners were students of the Morris School District; the sold-out event at the Community Theatre should net about $35,000 for school programs, said Vince Morreale of the foundation.

We will be back with more–much more, including video of the winning performances. Stay tuned!

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TRUMPED! Donald Trump, er, John DiDomenico co-hosted the fourth annual Morristown's Got Talent Show. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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WINNER'S CIRCLE: Siblings Junia and Stasz Klinge-Loy won the $1,000 first prize at the fourth annual Morristown's Got Talent show, with their piano-violin duet. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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