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One for the ages -- and this is only the beginning,
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Jackie Evancho is one in a billion, a darling girl with an immaculate voice and, at only 11 years of age, the talent and poise of a seasoned professional. Nearly everyone has seen clips of her amazing performances in last year's America's Got Talent competition, which she inexplicably lost to country/soul singer Michael Grimm. But now you can enjoy an entire program of live songs from her first full-length album, "Dream with Me."
Assisted by her producer, arranger, and pianist, David Foster, and accompanied by orchestra and chorus, Jackie sings 15 songs from a variety of genres: opera, musical theater, and film as well as popular and sacred pieces. It's clear she feels the music deeply, and she communicates it powerfully, demonstrating flawless diction and phrasing, an astoundingly pure tone, and pitch-perfect vibrato. A couple of the songs are performed in intimate chamber settings, and one, "Somewhere," is sung as a duet with a 1985 video by Barbra Streisand.
We not only watch this delightful prodigy express herself on stage; we also get to meet her in brief interviews in which she talks about her development as an artist and about all the fun she's having. She and Foster tour the venue for the concert, the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
"Dream with Me in Concert," which premiered on PBS, was recorded when Jackie was just 10 years old. It's one that every music lover will want to own and will play again and again. And just think of what's yet to come in her still very young career!
You can preview "Angel" and "Nessun Dorma," two clips from this DVD, by searching for Jackie Evancho at the pbs.org website, where you also can find out when this program will air again on your local PBS station.