Jackie Evancho Performs With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Open Its Summer Season

The pre-teen classical crossover singer performed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Editor's Note: Singer Jackie Evancho's concert in Alpharetta, Ga., was featured in the Alpharetta-Milton Patch. Here is the review.

I learned something valuable about myself at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra summer season opening concert at Sunday. My patience runs out after 2 hours.

The concert, with classicial crossover singer Jackie Evancho joining the orchestra, and newcomer Josh Page as well. I think. But two songs into the concert, it was always the same thing.

Ms. Evancho, now 12 years old, was discovered by most of the United States through the America's Got Talent TV show competition. On Sunday night, she performed many of the songs from her CD, Dream With Me, plus other songs which showcased her talent.

It's incredible that such a young, tiny performer can have such a big voice, and that was clearly on display when she was on stage at the amphitheater in Alpharetta.

She seemed more in control of her voice than Josh Page, who was her special guest and performed solos and duets with her. Perhaps his voice control was weaker at the start of songs because he kept being brought out for just a song while she took a break after singing several.

But none of this has to do with my patience, which started to get tested after Ms. Evancho's second song. I can remember how it went with her rendition of "When You Wish Upon A Star." A novice photographer sat down beside me.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no diff CLICK CLICK you are
Anything your CLICK 'sires
Will come to you

If your CLICK CLICK dream
No request is too CLICK
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

You get the picture. And that's what the guy who dropped into the seat next to me was trying to do—get the picture. Apparently he wasn't at the concert for the music, he just wanted to get a good photo of Jackie Evancho.

You wouldn't have heard the camera's shutter if you weren't sitting right next to him. And I did ask him if he was going to be shooting during every song, but the subtlety was lost on him as he replied that it was hard to get a good photo. 

Since I was reviewing the concert, I didn't feel it was appropriate for me to complain to ushers, if the people on his other side weren't being bothered.

Now those of you who frequent Chastain (Park Amphitheater) and the constant murmur of the crowd as people eat, drink and be merry while performers try to be the center of attention probably have no sympathy with me. And I'm not looking for it. But if you saw me almost running out of the amphitheater as the notes from the orchestra were still dying down from Ms. Evancho's encore, now you know why: It was to prevent myself from saying something rude.

But back to the concert. Other than the constant shooting beside me, it was a great concert with the ASO expertly following Ms. Evancho in her renditions of the songs on her set list. I especially liked her version of Don McLean's "Starry Starry Night." The crowd greeted her with applause each time she took the stage, and whenever she took a break.

While she was singing, her age wasn't apparent. But between songs, she reminded you that she's not even in her teens yet, with little giggles, and shy smiles as she replied "I love you too," to fans who called out to her.

The cool, calm exterior she has while singing shifts easily into what seems to be her real persona, that of a young girl just happy to be on stage, doing something she loves. That joy of singing came through in her songs too.

If you have the chance to see Jackie Evancho in concert in the future, don't pass it up.

Joe Merkt June 05, 2012 at 06:14 PM
It's a shame the reviewer spent so much time on the rude behavior of an audience member because what took place on the stage was just magical. This concert, not my first Jackie Evancho concert, was the best all around performance that I have seen. Each song was perfectly executed as only Jackie can do it and her confidence and command of the concert was unbelievable. Her improvements since her first concert in Houston on February of 2011, just 16 months ago, are astounding. That is especially true because she was incredible then. Just add 16 months of experience and maturity and you have a performer who is easily at the top of the list of those in her genre ... and she is just starting! I was totally enthralled by her singing and absolutely captivated by her onstage presence and personality. The mix of consummate professional when she is singing and the unbounded exuberance of a delighted and delightful child between songs is impossible to fathom ... or resist. Make your day. Go see her live! Joe Merkt Thompsons Station, TN
Chuck Yates June 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
►► Hey Joe... I was just going to comment on that and you beat me to it. I appreciate the excellent review and the effort of Mr. Pepalis... and commiserate with his experience with the zealous photog... but it took up a lot of space and there was other material that is of greater interest to the reader.
Adam June 06, 2012 at 10:23 AM
QUOTE: "I didn't feel it was appropriate for me to complain to ushers", instead I decided to complain here to anyone and everyone who reads this but can do nothing to put a stop to the clickers antics and allow the camera clicking to also ruin this review.
Stephen Runnels June 06, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The camera event seemed to have distracted the reviewer to forget a very important point; Jackie was perfect. Every note. There was and exuberance to this performance that seemed to express that this was a very special time in her life. I know of no other classical style singer that motivate so many to travel hundreds, or even thousands of miles just to experience a Jackie live performance. We know just how special this little girl really is. Whatever the future holds for her, we will be there.
James Dale Barrington June 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I suppose there is a regional difference between the general temperament a group has from another. I attended Alpharetta, as well, and visited with people from all over the Southeast who traveled much farther than I did to the concert. They did eat and snack away through every song, and true, the cameras were popping all over the place. You could probably say they represented an equal share of bowling ally fever and golf pyrexia exemplars, no doubt. But one thing they do well, they know how to treat a princess. She was perfect and they were perfect in response;cacophonous and rowdy at times, and I was in the middle of every bit of it. By the way, I think Josh can be very proud of himself. Two thumbs up. Those Georgia peaches know how to make you feel at home. -- I think so anyway.
Patrick June 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I can't wait until she comes to Tampa Florida
Patrick June 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Ican't wait until she comes to Tampa Florida
Bruce C. Desautels June 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Man, do I hope this incredible little lady finds her way to Denver, and SOON! Wild horses could not keep me away from seeing this beautiful jewel outshine the Sun ... She is truly "fantabuloso!"
Robert Dorff June 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
It doesn't get any better than Jackie.
harry s. latham,m.d. June 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
JOE-It was a pleasure meeting you at the performance---that you have attended seven of her concerts is " AMAZING"
harry s. latham,m.d. June 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
any kin to ex-UNC quarterback,now HOUSTON OILER QB ???
harry s. latham,m.d. June 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM
AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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