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Show to See: An Evening with Sarah McLachlan

An Evening with Sarah McLachlan

By: Diane DiMemmo

Back in 1986, Sarah McLachlan’s high school classmates predicted that she was “destined to be a famous rock star” in their class yearbook. Fast forward 32 years later and the singer-songwriter most definitely did not disappoint! With over 40 million albums sold, 3 Grammys, 9 Juno awards, a Billboard Music Award, and 3 MMVAs (Much Music Video Awards), Canadian-born McLachlan has made her mark as one of the truly great musicians of our time … and she’s not done yet. 

On Tuesday, September 18th, Sarah will grace the stage of the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Located in the County of Westchester, NY (and just a stone’s throw away from Connecticut), this historic venue is attended by fans from both states and beyond. The reason I say that Sarah will “grace the stage” is because there are several characteristics that make her a truly special artist, and human being.  

McLachlan’s contributions to the music industry are impressive.  Her nine studio albums, three live albums, and two compilations are an impressive catalog of material by any standard.   She burst into the industry in 1987 with the album Touch which had a pop rock feel and introduced the world to her soothing, rich vocals. Four years later came Solace which won her mainstream success in Canada. From 1993-1997, McLachlan produced some of her best material on the albums Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing. On Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, she asserted her status as an artist who was here to stay with her exquisite vocals and lyrically beautiful ballads. Surfacing was her most popular album to date with a debut at the number two spot on U.S. charts. Much of this success was propelled by the two Billboard Hot 100 top-five hits “Adia” and “Angel.” 

came six years later after McLachlan had a baby and the album was said to have been written entirely on the piano. The jewel of the album is her single, “World on Fire.” Instead of creating the usual video for the song, McLachlan donated the $150,000 budget to a variety of charities and then used the video to show how the money benefited those causes. It is moving and inspirational, and definitely worth the watch. 

Both of McLachlan’s Christmas albums (
Wintersong and Wonderland) were very well received in 2006 and 2016, respectively. Her most current studio albums Laws of Illusion and Shine On highlight very personal struggles, experiences, hopes and dreams in her signature style of creatively crafted lyrics and strong vocals.

McLachlan’s other impressive characteristic is her altruism. She founded the Sarah McLachlan School of Music which is a music program offered at no cost to at-risk and underserved youth in Vancouver, Surrey, and Edmonton. Students in grades 4-12 receive high quality music instruction in both contemporary and classical methods. Sarah will also be participating in the 3rd Annual “Kids Music Day” to be celebrated on Friday, October 5, 2018. Each year, Keep Music Alive partners with music schools, music retailers and other organizations worldwide to spotlight the importance of including music in children’s education. Julie Andrews, Richie Sambora, Nancy Wilson, and many other musicians will be in attendance alongside McLachlan.

She was also the main organizer of the Lilith Fair tours (1996-1999) which were the most successful all-female music festivals in history. The impetus for the event was McLachlan’s frustration that concert promoters would not feature two female artists in a row in other festivals and tours. In addition to helping launch the careers of many female artists, the festivals
brought together 2 million people over its three-year history and raised more than $7 million for charities.

Other charitable causes that McLachlan supports are the ASPCA, disaster relief telethons, and charities for AIDS sufferers and inner-city children.

Whatever your reason for wanting to see Sarah’s show at the Capitol Theatre on September 18th, you will surely find inspiration and peace through her music and message.

Get your tickets here!

Tour Dates:

Tue 8 PM612 guests
Port Chester, NY
Wed 8 PM1,864 guests
Huntington, NY
Thu 8 PM3,003 guests
Sat 7 PM3,938 guests
Asheville, NC
Mon 7:30 PM1,474 guests
Tue 8 PM1,996 guests
Durham, NC
Sat 8 PM276 guests
Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto, ON, Canada

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