Jackie Evancho Returns to Hometown to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony, 2/13
Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Pittsburgh, returns to her hometown to perform with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on February 13, 2015.
Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner up on NBC's "America's Got Talent" at 10 years old, releases her third studio album, "Awakening," on September 23. Her performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as the more contemporary material that can be found on her new album. Evancho also will sing several original songs and music from Broadway.
"Of course there are always going to be some classical pieces but I wanted to reinvent the pop songs and make them my own," said Evancho of the new album. "The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me."
Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at age 10, gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC's "America's Got Talent." She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she released a string of successful recordings including "O Holy Night," "Dream With Me," "Heavenly Christmas" and "Songs From the Silver Screen." She has since acted in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" alongside Susan Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte, and performed as a special guest in Cirque du Soleil's "One Night for One Drop" benefit at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She also starred in the fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, and in June, she performed the classic film song "Over the Rainbow" at the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Evancho has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., where she delighted President and Mrs. Obama. She performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and has performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge producing performances in PBS history. Her wide-ranging achievements causedBillboard to include her on its list of "music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21 in 2011 and 2012.