Saturday, April 13, 2013
The 13-year-old Pine-Richland singing sensation dishes on walking the red carpet, singing with José Carreras and plans for her next album.
It was on the Kean Quest stage five years ago that Mike Evancho first realized his daughter had a gift. “We thought she sounded pretty, but doesn’t every parent?” he said. Her performance at the popular local talent competition at the Kean Theatre in Richland was the first time Jackie Evancho, who at the time had just turned 8, ever sang in public. As she let loose a number from Phantom of the Opera, Mike Evancho recalled seeing jaws drop in the audience. “It kind of went from there,” he said. Jackie wound up coming in a first runner up in the contest, but soon started to receive requests to sing at events around the region, including at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. The Pine-Richland native also attracted the attention of Grammy-winning …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up.
The return of Jackie Evancho to the Kean Quest finals had the Kean Theatre buzzing with excitement. But perhaps even more excited was Paige Hurbanek of Cranberry Township, who Jackie presented with the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award." The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome of the competition. Paige played the guitar and performed an original composition called “Cold Dreams.” She has competed in Kean Quest for seven years and attends eighth grade at St. Kilian Parish School. In presenting Paige with the award, Jackie also stood on the stage where she gave her first public …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The 12-year-old singing sensation will act as a judge at the contest where she got her start five years ago. Patch takes a look back at her burgeoning career—and how she earned her success.
Jackie Evancho is returning to where it all began Friday with an appearance as a guest judge at the Kean Quest Talent Search. The pint-sized singing sensation, now 12, met the first challenge of her young career five years ago when she gave her first-ever public performance at the popular local talent competition held at Kean Theatre in Richland Township. Since then, Jackie has grown to superstar status. The Beginning Back in 2008 and then 2009, Jackie, then only 7 years old, charmed local audiences while competing in Kean Quest, which was then called Kean Idol. She also attracted the attention of Grammy-winning producer David Foster and in 2009 sang in his "David Foster & Friends" concert in New Jersey. By the following year, she gained a…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Jackie Evancho is scheduled to present the third annual "Jackie Evancho Award" at the finals.
Several local youths advanced Sunday to the finals of the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search. Sabrina Knox and Karac O’Brien, both of Valencia, and Jordann Versaw, of Mars, were among the 14 performers chosen in the first round to move onto the finals at the Kean Theatre in Richland Township. Paige Hurbanek of Cranberry Township and Marlee Manuel of Connoquenessing were among 13 chosen in the second round to move forward. Kean Quest, formerly Kean Idol, will host the Youth Finals at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 Jackie Evancho is schedule to appear when she presents the third annual “Jackie Evancho Award.” The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Patch gives attendees of the 12-year-old singing sensation’s show at Heinz Hall a chance to share their experience with readers.
On Tuesday, Pine-Richland’s own Jackie Evancho will join forces with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh for a concert celebrating great songs from the movies. “Jackie Evancho: Songs from the Silver Screen,” takes place at 7:30 p.m. and will feature music from her PBS television special, Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies. The playlist from Songs From the Silver Screen includes: "Pure Imagination," "The Music of the Night," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," "Reflection," "What A Wonderful World," "Some Enchanted Evening" and "When I Fall In Love." Since she shot to stardom more than two years ago on America’s Got Talent, Jackie, now 12, has gained admirers around the world. The recipient of …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Pine-Richland singing sensation is among the artists with the most expensive concert tickets ever sold.
Pine-Richland singing sensation Jackie Evancho has something in common with international stars Celine Dion, Elton John and Shania Twain besides a sensational singing voice. The 12-year-old soprano prodigy is featured among the best-selling artists with the most expensive concert tickets ever sold, according to therichest.com. Only the average price of the tickets was considered. Concerts that feature various artists were not listed. After sold-out concerts in New York City with an average ticket price of $624, Jackie, the only pre-teen on the roster, is at No. 5 on the list, beating out veteran performers Twain, Dion and John. With average ticket prices at $1,073 per pop, Sting is at no. 1 on the most expensive tickets list, followed …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The extravaganza supports a global philanthropic cause aimed at ensuring clean water for all.
Jackie Evancho will perform as part of an unprecedented Cirque du Soleil extravaganza at the Bellagio's "O" Theatre in Las Vegas on March 22 to support a global philanthropic effort called ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP on World Water Day, according to the singing star's website. ONE DROP, a nonprofit organization created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, works to secure water access by implementing integrated and unique water projects around the world and to reverse the growing water crisis by raising awareness for water-related issues. Since its inception in 2007, ONE DROP has worked to provide access to clean, safe water for more than 300,000 people. For the first time, all seven Cirque du Soleil shows on the Las Vegas strip close …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The 12-year-old will perform at Heinz Hall in March.
No big surprise here—Jackie Evancho's concert in Pittsburgh is nearly sold out. The 12-year-old songstress from Pine-Richland will perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Heinz Hall. Very few tickets are left—and they are in the back of the hall. To order tickets for the Pittsburgh concert, click here. Jackie performed Friday night in Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center—Wang Theatre. After the show, she tweeted: "Thank you Boston for being such a great audience!" She is scheduled to perform Feb. 16 at Revel Ovation Hall in Revel Beach, NJ. Like Us on Facebook | Follow Us on Twitter Check out some of today's other top stories here .
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The popular local talent competition boasts singing sensation Jackie Evancho and the face of the Eat n’ Park restaurant chain Sarah Marince as former contestants.
Kean Quest Talent Search—the popular local talent competition that boasts singing sensation Jackie Evancho and the face of the Eat n’ Park restaurant chain Sarah Marince as former contestants—is accepting contestant registrations for its 10th season. Contestants will take to the stage of the Kean Theatre from Jan. 27 through April 5. The theater is located on the St. Barnabas campus in Richland Township at 5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Presented by St. Barnabas Charities as a fundraising event, Kean Quest Talent Search was formerly known as Kean Idol. Amateur singers of all ages are eligible to perform in the local version of the popular TV hits American Idol and The Voice. The contest will again offer two categories—a youth competition …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Now, THAT's one dedicated fan!
An eBay customer bought an autographed set of Jackie Evancho CDs Monday for a whopping $6,300. Bidding started at $500 on Dec. 5 and ended at 10:50 a.m. ET Monday for "Complete Autographed Set Jackie Evancho CD's Bonus Japan Songs from Silver Screen", according to eBay. The seller is listed as "binlied2". Prelude to a Dream is Jackie's first CD, recorded before her America's Got Talent fame. It is now listed on Amazon.com for $2,400. Back in August, two sets of a "Complete Autographed Set of Jackie Evancho CD's including Prelude to a Dream" sold for $4,500.05 and $4,604.10, according to the feedback section for "binlied2" on eBay. Jackie tweeted a link to the eBay sale; click here to connect. The eBay listing described the set as "the …