Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me on WXXI-TV

Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me on WXXI-TV

Thu, 11/24/2011 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Jackie Evancho

Tune in for Jackie Evancho – the 11-year-old girl with the extraordinarily big voice.

WXXI brings viewers an encore broadcast of the 11-year-old Jackie Evancho with an extraordinary soprano voice in Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me airing Thursday, November 24 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Already familiar to national audiences from her debut appearances on America’s Got Talent, Evancho is the youngest star in Great Performances’ recent Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends concert, performing virtuoso interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu and Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro. Foster co-hosts, and served as music director.

Evancho’s concert will celebrate the release of her first full-length SYCO/Columbia CD Dream with Me, which covers classical crossover material, and will be taped at the spectacular grounds of the magnificent The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Evancho's musical selections on the program is scheduled to include When You Wish Upon A Star, Nella Fantasia, A Mother’s Prayer, Nessun Dorma, Angel, O Mio Babbino Caro, Somewhere, All I Ask Of You, Ombra Mai Fu, Lovers, Imaginer, The Lord’s Prayer, To Believe, and Dream With Me.

Although her appearance on America’s Got Talent introduced the world to Evancho and her astonishing vocal talent, her musical story begins before her life-changing appearance on the talent contest. At her first talent competition, she came in second place to a 20-year old opera singer. As Evancho’s talents blossomed, she sought out more opportunities to perform for audiences. Eventually, she caught the attention of Grammy-winning producer David Foster when she won a regional competition that allowed her to sing as Foster accompanied her on piano.

Jackie’s first on-air America’s Got Talent performance of “O Mio Babbino Caro” was transcendent, delighting and amazing the surprised audience. 
The judges were instantly smitten. “I can’t believe that from this tiny body, this huge mature voice you have,” said Sharon Osbourne.  Piers Morgan exclaimed, “This is one of the most extraordinary performances that I’ve ever seen on America’s Got Talent.” Howie Mandel simply stated, “You’re an angel. You’re a superstar.”

She further wowed everyone with her subsequent performances of “Time to Say Goodbye,” made famous by her idols, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman; “Pie Jesu,” also introduced by Brightman when Great Performances premiered Lloyd Webber’s Requiem in 1985, and, in the finale, the classic “Ave Maria.”  Evancho’s sterling appearances sent sales of her self-made independent release, “Prelude to a Dream,” soaring up Billboard’s Top Classical Crossover Albums Chart, where it peaked at No. 2.



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I think Jackie Evancho's show embodies all the worst aspects of the fake popularization of classical music. The arrangements are treacly and overdone, the conductor is an actor (is there such a thing as 'arm-synching?') the 'interviews' are arch and reinforce the most tacky and misleading ideas about what goes through a performer's head during a performance, the covers are predictable and trite. She holds the penultimate note in just about every phrase of "Nessun dorma" to the point that the 'song' is possibly in 5/4 or 5-and-a-quarter/4, and holds the 16th note just before the final note of the 'song', oh, three bars. Puccini himself didn't like tenors who did this. But let's not bring Puccini into it.

The movements with her shoulders when she breathes are dangerous to her technique, and if she had the benefit of instruction she would NOT do this. She moves her jaw with her vibrato, and drops the vibrato for a straight tone in the MOST predictable places, usually exactly where vocally she needs to support the tone such as just before the resolution of a cadence: and children everywhere see it (just as she was mesmerized by "Phantom") and think "Well, that's what Jackie Evancho does."

I hope you get LOTS of money for this, because anybody who knows anything about singing and taste will flee rather than support this crap.