Washington and the cherry tree. Crossing the Delaware. The bald eagle. Plymouth Rock. Old Glory. The Statute of Liberty. The Hoover dam.
More than many a nation, America collects them in abundance, a catalog of symbols that represent clean-behind-the-ears values Americans admire: honesty, intrepidity, triumph in the face of adversity, vision, integrity, democracy, faith, freedom, prosperity, progress, determination.
To judge by the frequency of her Washington invitations, America is building in Jackie Evancho a fresh national symbol. Look at what she represents (or can be made to represent):
Youth. Talent. Determination. Self-reliance. Integrity, Wholesomeness. Inventiveness. Success. Humility. Philanthropy. Faith. Chutzpah. Service. Beauty of body and soul. Cheerfulness. Obedience. Integrity. Honoring one’s parents. Setting a positive example. Aspiring after the impossible.
Those are values official America promotes. They sparkle in the eyes of many Americans. Especially on the fourth of July.
Who better to celebrate America’s national birthday with than Jackie Evancho?
Join Jackie and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the west lawn of the Capitol Building. Or join America’s troops from around the world who’ll be watching the festivities via PBS.
A Capitol Fourth, Thursday, July 4, 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET.
Looking back on the last twelve months, what a year Jackie Evancho has had. Some highlights:
- Performed at venues throughout the United States promoting her Dream With Me CD
- June 13, taped Music of the Movies at the fabled Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, her second PBS special
- June 21, headlined with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky of Russia and Sumi Jo of Korea in the Bouquet of Opera Concert before an audience of over 100,000 in Palace Square, St Petersburg, Russia
- August 18, headlined at the Peace for World concert in Hiroshima, Japan
- October 2, released her second non-Christmas major studio album, Songs from the Silver Screen, and commenced her Songs from the Silver Screen tour
- August 31, performed with Tony Bennett at their joint concert in Murphys, California
- Performed in Toronto and in venues throughout the United States promoting her CD Songs from the Silver Screen
- March 22, on World Water Day gave a solo performance of Bridge Over Troubled Waters at the Cirque du Soleil charitable event, One Night for One Drop, in Bellagio, California
- April 20, shared the stage and performed a duet with opera tenor José Carreras before an audience of more than 30,000 in Changhua, Taiwan
Upcoming is her May 31 joint concert with Tony Bennett in Alpharetta, Georgia
And, just announced by Dancing with the Stars host, Tom Bergeron, on July 4 Jackie Evancho will perform in a PBS Special, A Capitol Fourth, live from Washington, D.C.
Entertainers who have appeared in past national capital celebrations are Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Natasha Bedingfield, Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Huey Lewis and the News, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, the Bee Gees, Kenny G, Aaron Neville, Kenny Rogers and the Muppets.
The live audience is estimated to exceed 200,000.
Her appearance on A Capitol Fourth marks her third performance in Washington, each time at a major event in the nation’s calendar:
- December 9, 2010, sang on national television at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony before the President of the United States
- February 2, 2012, sang for the President of the United States, leading members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Cabinet Secretaries, national religious leaders, and world diplomats at the National Prayer Breakfast