Jackie Evancho and the PARMA Orchestra Come to Portsmouth Today

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Jackie Evancho and the PARMA Orchestra Come to Portsmouth Today

The line up at The Music Hall continues to heat up this summer with America's Got Talent breakout star Jackie Evancho backed by the PARMA Orchestra. Jackie Evancho, 2011's biggest selling breakout artist, will be performing songs from her newest album Awakening. Awakening is a mix of new songs, new arrangements of cover songs plus classical repertoire that only Jackie can sing.

Jackie Evancho is the star from America's Got Talent and was the biggest selling debut artist of 2011 selling a total of 3 million CDs in the US. She has recorded one EP (O Holy Night) and three full-length albums, all of which raced to the top of the Billboard charts. Her PBS special was the highest rated and most pledged special in the last 10 years breaking all records. When 'O Holy Night' was released it became the years #1 bestselling debut recording with sales exceeding 1 million copies. It rocketed into the Billboard Top 200 at #2 making her the youngest solo artist in the soundscan era to debut in the top 5, taking that long standing record from Michael Jackson. Dream With Me, her first full length studio album, also debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #2 and is platinum. Jackie Evancho's recent album Songs From The Silver Screen, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical charts and at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. 2014 has been a big year for Jackie, she released her 3rd studio album, performed in a new PBS special, and kicked off a world tour.

Created as an outlet for exciting and challenging contemporary music by the audio production house PARMA Recordings, the PARMA Orchestra focuses on performing under-represented composers' works from the studio to the concert stage. Based in New England, the orchestra is comprised of principal players from many renowned ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the American Composers Orchestra. Led by the accomplished baton of conductor and artistic director John Page, the PARMA Orchestra continues to promote and perform innovative, contemporary music from composers the world over. Recordings featuring the PARMA Orchestra can be found on Navona Records.

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

With acclaimed signature series like Writers on a New England Stage - a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio - and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth's biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region's center for the performing arts, literature and education...easy to get to, impossible to forget. An American Treasure celebrating 135 years.

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