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Sunday Was Proclaimed 'Jackie Evancho Day'

A dedicated fan came up with the idea in advance of Jackie's concert on Sunday.

Did you know that Sunday was Jackie Evancho Day?

As the date for Jackie’s sold-out performance with the Pittsburgh Opera at the Benedum Center approached, a dedicated fan from Columbia, SC, asked the office of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to proclaim the day.

Alex Moss—known as “Sempi Ternam” to Jackie fans—got the idea only a couple of weeks before Sunday’s concert and contacted the Pittsburgh Opera to see what they thought.

“They told me that due to the late date, it would probably be impossible,” he explained. “And I thought they were right, but then I thought, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained,’ and contacted the mayor’s office.”

After writing an “inspired request” and sending it through the mayor’s website, Moss admitted he was surprised when he heard a couple of days later that the mayor had granted the request.

Moss picked up the proclamation Friday afternoon when he came to town and presented it to Jackie at Sunday’s “Meet and Greet” held in advance of the concert.

The “Meet and Greet” session cost an additional $100, and tickets were very limited, according to Moss.

Like many Jackie fans, Moss discovered Jackie when he saw her first appearance on .

“I was just blown away like everyone else,” he said.

Moss, a single, semi-retired public health manager, said he has the time and funds to travel to various cities to see Jackie perform. He has another Jackie concert slated to attend in a few weeks.

Moss had a ticket in the center of the front row for the Sunday night concert, a ticket obtained after he became a season ticket subscriber to the opera.

“As soon as I heard the concert announced, I called the opera the next day and became a season ticket holder so I could buy tickets as soon as they were released,” he said.

He donated the rest of the season tickets back to the opera.

Sempi Ternam October 17, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Kathleen, it was a delight to talk with you about Jackie Evancho Day! Thank you for this wonderful article. Also, many thanks to Jackie's fan community, to Pittsburgh Opera (particularly to Chris and Mark) and its staff, and to Mayor Ravenstahl and his staff (especially to Stephanie, Darlene, and Heather) for being so kind and helpful, and to the citizens of Pittsburgh for their warm welcome! And most of all, to Jackie and the Evancho family! Best regards and best wishes always! Alex (Sempi Ternam)
Chris Fondoklis October 17, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Drove 5 hours from Delaware to see her perform at Benedum center. Wow, unbelievably performance !!
Magarrity October 18, 2011 at 02:39 AM
I was lucky enough to see this first hand. Alex was eloquent and inspired in his presentation to Jackie. It was very heartwarming and Jackie was sooo pleased. We all applauded wildly to have Jackie receive this honor. And we applaud Alex for all his efforts on behalf of Jackiefans everywhere. It was really cool!!

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