Ed’s Note: Thanks to William Bonde for correcting our first photo. We also recently came across a Dane McKoy’s video compilation of Jackie’s concert at Minneapolis. It’s especially fun to hear the audience’s reaction to Jackie coming onstage in THE DRESS.
We’re not sure why, but few pictures and video have emerged from Jackie’s latest concerts.
Reports suggest that her January 22 concert in Minneapolis, her January 24 concert in Chicago, and her February 1 concert in Boston were remarkable, even for Jackie.
Some who attended these concerts stated they never heard her sing better.
Having just attended the Boston concert, Kinginblack wrote on the Amazon customer forum,
I don’t know what she had with her Wheaties this morning, but she seemed to be in rare form even for her.
What started out very well to begin with ended on four songs that were possibly the best versions I have heard live (and I have heard lots of them). Imaginer, Reflection, encore 1 Music of the Night, encore 2 O Mio Babbino Caro.
One I would like to point out in particular was Imaginer, one of my favorite songs by her, and I don’t think I have heard her sing it better. …
I was physically drained at the end and breathing heavily; is that normal? (I’m not an emotional person, but she seems to get to me.)
These are excerpts from the lengthy description of the Chicago concert Joe Merkt posted on the Jackie Evancho fan club site:
I think she got very emotional while singing The Lord’s Prayer. She did a long, stumbling introduction of the song, ending by saying that her voice is a gift from God and she is very grateful for it.
She sang beautifully and hit the high note on the second “For thine is the kingdom” solidly.
She sang the “forever” powerfully and held it a pretty long time. Then she seemed to have trouble on the “Amen”. She did not hold it like she normally does. To me, it looked almost as if she was very filled with emotion. …
She did a great job of thanking everyone. She thanked [the conductor,] John Mario, Jumanne [on trumpet], and the orchestra separately, allowing for audience applause after each acknowledgement. She is slowly getting more comfortable on the stage and with her role as presenter as well as artist.
She got standing ovations on some songs from the usual suspects, including yours truly, but the entire house was on its feet after Reflection, which she announced as her last song and dedicated to Lisa again. BTW, her dedication is totally extemporaneous each time.
The Orpheum [introductions and patter] was scripted, but none of the other performances have been. She is getting better with saying what she wants to but still rambles a bit, which makes it seem all the more sincere.
The audience was on its feet again and Jackie left and did two or three curtain calls. The audience applause started to fade but I, and I guess others, urged people to keep applauding.
I knew, and others may have, that another song was on the list. I don’t think audiences are used to two encores. The give away, of course, is that the house lights stay down and the orchestra stays seated.
Many of the people at the concert must not have seen THE dress [before]. The one she wore in the first half, the blue with sparkling silver filigree, is spectacular enough.
BTW, she was barefoot again. It’s funny how little she looked now that she is 2 inches shorter on stage.
“Littleness” is an impression I had at the beginning of the show. The blue dress is far less full in the skirt and the bodice is longer. The lines of the dress are more vertical. The effect is, given her youth and slenderness, is that of a waif on stage. After a song or two, though, the impression of a waif is gone; the impression of a confident young woman takes over.
Few fans have posted images of those concerts. And as for videos, most are snippets. A couple of videos are more than a minute in length.
Here is a 56-seconds video of Jackie’s Minneapolis concert.
Next is a one minute, 42-seconds video of Jackie singing the Lord’s Prayer at her Chicago concert.
Here is a 38-seconds clip of “The Summer Knows” from Chicago, shot from a great distance.
This us a one minute, 37-seconds video, a good part of O Mio Babbino Caro, again from Chicago. In these videos Jackie is a white exclamation mark at center stage.
One more clip from Chicago, this one three minutes, 56 seconds, of Music of the Night.