Great Performances – "Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies"

Air date: 08/01/2012

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies, To Air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances in August on PBS

The 12-year-old classical crossover prodigy follows her “Dream With Me In Concert” with a program of some of the most beautiful songs to come out of Hollywood

THIRTEEN’s Great Performances will present 12-year-old classical crossover prodigy Jackie Evancho’s second television special Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies, in August on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will premiere the special on Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m., with an encore telecast Tuesday, August 14 at 8 p.m.)

The new special, a follow-up to her popular debut special Great Performances Dream With Me in Concert, will be recorded in the opulent splendor of the newly restored Orpheum Theatre, one of Los Angeles’ most venerable landmarks, and will feature such evergreens as “Pure Imagination,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”

THIRTEEN’s Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local arts programming to the New York community.

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies is directed by David Horn with conductor Bill Ross, and will feature Jackie singing arrangements of songs from movies (the full set list follows below).

Jackie Evancho got her big break at just 10-years-old as a contestant on America’s Got Talent, where the breakout star finished in second place.  Her first release for Columbia Records, a Christmas EP titled O Holy Night, was certified Platinum and earned  Jackie the distinction of being the top-selling debut artist in 2010 as well as the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum and debut in the Top 10.

In 2011 she released Dream With Me, her debut major label full-length album.  Dream With Me was produced by the legendary David Foster, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and is certified Gold.  She recorded Dream With Me In Concert for PBS’s Great Performances in 2011, and the special rapidly became one of PBS’ most broadcast programs of the year.


The Songs:

Pure Imagination // Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Can You Feel The Love Tonight // The Lion King

Some Enchanted Evening // South Pacific

My Heart Will Go On // Titanic

The Summer Knows // Summer of 42

I See The Light // Tangled

(Se) Cinema Paradiso // Cinema Paradiso

The Music Of The Night // The Phantom of the Opera

When I Fall In Love // Sleepless in Seattle

Come What May // Moulin Rouge

Reflection // Mulan


SYCO/Columbia will release the album in October.

The Orpheum opened on February 15, 1926 and has played host to many legendary performers from burlesque queen Sally Rand, the young Judy Garland, and comedian Jack Benny, to jazz luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington. In later years, performers such as Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and Little Stevie Wonder held the stage there.

Jackie Evancho: Music of the Movies is a co-production of THIRTEEN for WNET and SYCO/Columbia.  For Great Performances, Mitch Owgang is producer; Bill O’Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer.

Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Starr Foundation, and public television viewers.

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