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Classical-crossover singer Jackie Evancho’s dream comes to Lancaster

Jackie Evancho will perform at the Lancaster Grand Theatre on Nov. 21, 2015.
Jackie Evancho will perform at the Lancaster Grand Theatre on Nov. 21, 2015.

At 15, Jackie Evancho has had a career most singers would love to have.

After gaining worldwide attention at age 10 on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, she was signed to Columbia Records; performed for the President; sang on some of the world’s most storied stages and had three specials on PBS, to name a few things.

But she tries not to think about it.

“It still hasn’t hit me,” Evancho says. “I don’t like to wake up from my dreams, because it would be too overwhelming.”

Avoiding that overwhelming reality is not too hard for Evancho because of the speed at which things are happening for her.

“I’ve lived my life pretty fast,” she says, “so a lot of it just zips by.”

Her fast-moving career pulls into the Lancaster Grand Theatre on Saturday night, where she will perform with members of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

At 15, Evancho is to starting to think about what she wants to do after high school, and she says, “I definitely want to go to college. It’s always fun to learn more. I have thought about going to NYU (New York University) to study psychology. I definitely want to study some music.”

But maybe being a music major would be a bit redundant for a student who already has a highly successful music career.

She hits the Bluegrass as the holiday season is heating up, which is somewhat appropriate as her career has numerous ties to the Christmas season.

Her first release for Columbia was a seasonal EP, O Holy Night, which she promoted heavily during the 2010 holiday season with appearances that included the Christmas tree lightings at New York’s Rockefeller Center and in Washington D.C. She followed up in 2011 with Heavenly Christmas.

Asked about her Lancaster appearance, Evancho said the audience can probably expect some of her holiday favorites, along with other hits from her now-five-album career. And Evancho is conscious there are audience expectations.

She is considered a classical-crossover artist and many of her albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard classical charts. She first grabbed attention singing operatic arias and church music. That said, her personal tastes run a gamut from The Beatles to Eminem to Marilyn Manson. Like many listeners her age, Evancho says, “our generation is more accepting of different styles, and genre is whatever we like.”

But she is not applying that to her career, so don’t be looking for the Jackie Evancho metal or hip-hop album.

“My audience falls into a specific category,” she says. “They have learned what to expect from me, and I wouldn’t want disappoint them.”

Rich Copley: 859-231-3217, @LexGoKY

If You Go

Jackie Evancho

What: The critically acclaimed singer in concert with members of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 21

Where: Lancaster Grand Theatre, 117 Lexington St., Lancaster

Tickets: $150-$200

Call: (859) 583-1716