Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. – Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me
(Rochester, NY) – WXXI brings viewers the solo debut concert of the 11-year-old girl with an extraordinary soprano voice in Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me airing Sunday, June 5 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 will co-host the special, and serve as music director. Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends will air on WXXI-TV/HD on Tuesday, June 7 at 9:30 p.m.
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 selection 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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