2013 – A year in review

Another year has gone by and it is time to reflect on my experiences of being a fan of Jackie Evancho.  As you can see from the map below, Jackie has been quite busy again this past year, as has been the case for the past 3 years.  Although Jackie maintains a fairly busy schedule, her parents and management team still seem to maintain a very balanced coordination between home-life and Jackie’s career.

Known Jackie Evancho Performance Locations – 2013

This past year (2013) was very special to me as a Jackie fan because I was able to attend two of her concerts (Pittsburgh and Cleveland) after being unable to attend a single concert in 2012.  It was a big thrill for me to not only have seats within the first 3 rows for both of these concerts, but to also have the opportunity to meet Jackie again at both of them (thanks to the generosity of another Jackie fan).  One of the concerts I attended (Cleveland) almost didn’t happen.  The Cleveland concert was originally scheduled for May 16th, but for reasons unknown the sold-out concert was cancelled.  Thankfully, the concert was re-scheduled for June 7th.  Luckily, I narrowly missed having a conflict with family vacation plans with the re-scheduled date.  It was a big thrill to have Jackie give a concert in my home state of Ohio.  The Cleveland Palace Theater was only about 100 miles from where I live, so it was great to have Jackie sing at a venue that was so close.  The Cleveland concert was probably one of the best performances that I have seen.  Her vocal maturity and control was exceptional.  Jackie charmed the crowd as usual and it was a pleasure to see her perform in such a gorgeous venue.

Unfortunately, there was no video recording of Jackie performing at this concert because it was strictly forbidden.  However, another very good fan of Jackie put together a video that commemorated the day leading up to the concert.  I was a part of many of the clips shown in this video and it really helps me to recall the many fond memories that I had of the day.

Although I must say that the Cleveland concert was probably the biggest highlight of the year for me, there are other additional events that were also quite significant.  Here is a review of some of the major highlights of this past year (in chronological order) that left me with the biggest impression:

  • Seeing Jackie perform at Pittsburgh Heinz Hall.  My wife and I had front row seats and it was the closest to the stage that I have ever been while attending a Jackie concert.  I also had another memorable Meet and Greet with Jackie before the concert.  In addition, I helped to plan a well-attended Jackie Evancho fan gathering at Six Penn Station before the concert, where close to 36 fans had shown up for dinner to celebrate our comradery as fans of Jackie.
  • Jackie performed at a major Las Vegas show with Cirque du Soleil where she sang a magnificent rendition of Bridge Over Trouble Water while she was in the water at the “O” Theater.  In addition, Jackie also sang while suspended nearly 100 feet in the air as part of the show’s finale.
  • Jackie performed a joint concert with the renowned tenor Jose Carreras in Taiwan.  This concert had over 10,000 people in attendance and was a major international event to add to Jackie’s prestigious list of concerts performed overseas.
  • Seeing Jackie perform at Cleveland Playhouse Square.  My wife and I had third row seats for this concert.  I met Jackie again at Meet and Greet.  I also helped plan the fan gathering of about 30 Jackie fans who attended a dinner before the concert at Otto Moser restaurant in Cleveland.  This concert and the Pittsburgh concert were both fabulous!
  • On July 4th, Jackie sang the National Anthem and Can You Feel The Love Tonight at the Nation’s Capital in Washington DC for an event called A Capital Fourth celebration.  This was a nationally televised broadcast and was a major accomplishment for Jackie to perform at such an honorable event.  In typical Jackie style, she wowed the country with her incredible singing ability.
  • Jackie performed at a major benefit concert at the Conference Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the MuzArt World Foundation – We Are Hope event.
  • Jackie performed a major holiday concert at Carnegie Hall with Tim Janis and Sir James Galway.

In addition to the items listed above, Jackie has had numerous other concerts, TV appearances, interviews, and other events that she has performed or participated at as well.  Jackie continues to have a very strong and active career.  It will be interesting to see what’s in store for 2014.

As an extra added end-of-the-year  bonus, the WordPress.com stats helper prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Click below to see the stats.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I just want to say thanks to all who read my blog this past year.  I look forward to whatever Jackie has in store for 2014 and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alec.
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 19:45:15

    Thanks Ken. Enjoyable read.



  2. Ross Silver
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 22:10:35

    Many thanks Ken. Had fun reading this!


  3. Anonymous
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 11:33:38

    Thank you so much for this Ken. Jackie’s Cleveland concert was one of the most memorable for me, and I watched the video with tears in my eyes (not unusual when it comes to Jackie).


  4. bestofjackieontheweb
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 20:47:44

    Ken, I enjoy visiting your blog and in particular reading your yearly roundup.


  5. bestofjackieontheweb
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 20:49:12

    P.S. I added a link to your site at Best of Jackie on the Web.


    • varnk
      Jan 15, 2014 @ 21:21:08

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot to me considering your blog is probably one of the best sources for providing quality content about Jackie.


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