Jackie Evancho PBS special to air tonight
Jackie Evancho, a 15-year-old singer and former contestant on NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent,’ will perform at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Orkney Springs on July 25. Before she arrives in the valley, locals can get a taste of her talent when her PBS pledge show “Awakening – Live in Concert” airs on WVPT at 9 tonight.
Jackie rose to prominence at age 10 on the fifth season of the NBC TV variety show. She was a runner-up, signed a contract with Columbia Records, and has been performing and recording steadily since the show. Her third studio album was released in July 2014 through Sony Masterworks. Titled “Awakening,” it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical charts. Selections from this album are featured on the PBS special.
Actor and singer Cheyenne Jackson joined Evancho for the special, serving as host and performing a number of duets with her. Jackson is known for his Broadway roles as well as guest spots on television series such as “30 Rock” and “Glee.”
Along with songs from her album, “Awakening – Live in Concert” features a variety of styles with performances of “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Rains of Castamere” from the HBO show “Game of Thones,” Christina Aguilera’s radio hit “Say Something,” and others.
Originally shot in August 2014, the show holds another connection to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival — staff member Greta Huber performed in the orchestra.
Huber, who is a marketing and administrative specialist for the festival, was then working in the performing arts department of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. When the crew arrived at the venue, they were in need of an orchestra for the performance. Huber played viola in an orchestra during her spare time and suggested that orchestra for the job.
“I was used to playing regular concerts and this was a crazy, out-of-nowhere thing that none of us had ever done before,” said Huber. The orchestra only had a week to prepare.
Huber will be seen on tonight’s broadcast “Awakening – Live in Concert” during the pledge breaks with WVPT General Manager David Mullins.
“This was another TV experience I had never had before,” she said. “It was cool being on the green screen and seeing what everything looked like from that side of the camera.”
Huber said she feels incredibly lucky to have had these experiences. “It’s crazy how it’s carrying over that I’m still getting new opportunities from this one thing.”
For more information about the Shenandoah Music Festival, visit http://musicfest.org.
Contact staff writer Hilary Legge at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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