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Teen singing star sets hometown Heinz Hall show

September 2, 2014

Beaver County Times, Pa.



Sept. 02--PITTSBURGH -- Jackie Evancho, the 14-year-old vocal sensation from Richland Township, will perform Feb. 13 with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra members at Heinz Hall.

Evancho, who first gained fame as a runner-up on NBC's "America's Got Talent" at the age of 10, releases her third studio album, "Awakening," on Sept. 23.

Her Heinz Hall show will feature the lush classical-crossover compositions for which she has become known, as well as 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," Evancho said about the new album. "The only thing that mattered was that the song spoke to me."

Tickets range from $39 to $179, and go on sale Monday through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.

After dazzling "America's Got Talent" viewers, Evancho immediately was 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 since has 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 in Las Vegas.

She also starred in the fall 2012 Guess Kids clothing campaign and participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., as well as singing before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. Her first PBS special was one of the top pledge-producing performances ever for the public broadcasting network.

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