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Bobby Hill opened the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. July 25, 2016, singing the National Anthem. Watch the video from College News Network via YouTube:

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Bobby on stage in St Luis Obispo

KSBY-ABC6 reported from San Luis Obispo, California, Saturday night, July 23 that Bobby Hill will be singing the National Anthem to open ythe Democratic National Convention, which starts July 25 in Philadelphia, Bobby’s home town. Bobby was in California to perform at Festival Mozaic. From reporter Sarah Hines:

On Thursday, the organizers of the Democratic National Convention called Hill’s dad asking if Bobby would be interested in singing the National Anthem for the opening of the convention.

“I’m very excited,” said Hill.  “I’m excited to sing in this very historic convention in Philadelphia and see the first woman get nominated.”

Hill also says he hopes to meet Secretary Clinton next week.

Read the full story and watch a video on the KSBY website.

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Bobby HillBobby Hill will perform Saturday with the Festival Mozaic Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo as part of Festival Mozaic. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported on the event on July 19

Writer James Cushing notes:

Central Coast music lovers have two serious reasons to be happy about Festival Mozaic, which celebrates its 46th anniversary this summer.

Saturday marks the local debut of one of the most exciting young performers in the classical world as he tackles an ambitious work of music rarely heard live on the Central Coast.

Boy soprano Bobby Hill will join the Festival Mozaic Orchestra at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major. Expectations are running very high.

So, who’s Hill, what’s Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and what brings them together?

Read Cushing’s answers, including an interview with Bobby, on sanluisobispo.com.

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Bobby on stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Bobby on stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra

“Voice of an Angel” Bobby Hill joined the Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing on July 1 to kick off Philadelphia’s celebrations for Independence Weekend. Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Music Critic Peter Dobrin writes:

Whoever you think the typical classical listener might be, expectations are bound to be dashed by this crowd. It was diverse in nearly every way imaginable, but generally quite young. The audience listened in diverse ways, too, from an inner ring that hung on every note, to groups on the periphery who seemed aware only that sometimes it was hard to hold a conversation over all that music.

The vast majority stopped in their tracks, however, to take in the soft-edged boy-soprano sound of Bobby Hill, made famous last year when he performed during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Hundreds of cellphones came out to capture his “God Bless America,” footage that has no doubt traveled the social media globe by now.

Bobby with Phhiladelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at Penn's Landing

Bobby with Phhiladelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at Penn’s Landing

Later in the article, Dobrin noted:

Music seemed to interact with nature in the “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem when Hill’s sound was backed by piles of clouds lit pink. This is the sort of thing that can happen at an outdoor concert. But only when you get lucky – with the weather, and when the boy soprano in question is as good as Bobby Hill.

Read the article and see more photos on philly.com

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Bobby was part of the story when CBS This Morning’s Jericka Duncan reported on the Philadelphia Auto Show’s appearance and upcoming auction of two Fiats used by Pope Francis while in the city. Watch the report from the Friday, January 29 broadcast:

More on the CBS News website.
 

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Bobby Hill arrives in the Papal fiat. (Credit: Mark Abrams, CBS Philly)

Bobby Hill arrives in the Papal fiat. (Credit: Mark Abrams, CBS Philly)

KYW Newsradio’s Mark Abrams was at the Philadelphia Auto Show on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 when Pope Francis’ Fiats arrived in the main exhibit hall, with Bobby riding in the passenger seat used by the Pope.

According to Abrams, “Sitting in the passenger seat of the car, grooving to Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen,’ was Philadelphia’s Papal performer Bobby Hill.

“Just amazing and it was like a nice bow to the end of the Papal visit and being able to be in the car,” Bobby said. “I looked back and said that’s where the Pope sat, that’s where the Pope sat. Yeah, it was great.”

Watch the video:

Read the complete story on CBS Philly.

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Philadelphia’s NBC10 was at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 to cover the opening of the Philadelphia Auto Show – and Bobby arrived in one of the featured rides. A report on NBCPhiladelphia.com noted, “Philadelphia car enthusiasts rejoice, the big stars of the Philadelphia Auto Show arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday with the help of some local celebrities.”

“Bishop Shanahan High School band director Chuck Keating drove the special Fiat 500L while singer Bobby Hill sat, and waved, from the passenger seat — the spot where Pope Francis sat. Keating’s son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, was blessed by the pope upon his arrival to the City of Brotherly Love and Bobby Hill famously serenaded the pontiff on the Ben Franklin Parkway.”

Read more and watch the news video on NBCPhiladelphia.com.

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2014's preconcert cocktail party (Philly.com)

2014’s preconcert cocktail party (Philly.com)

Winter Storm Jonas brought one of the biggest snow accumulations in Philadelphia history, and one of the casualties was the 159th Academy Ball, where Bobby Hill was featured on the bill with comedian Martin Short and The Philadelphia Orchestra. In Critic’s Notebook on Philly.com, Inquirer Classical Music Critic Peter Dobrin noted reasons to mourn the cancellation. After considering the Ball’s history and reasons it continues to be held, and changes made recently, he noted:

“…In past years, the Academy Ball Book has looked like a testament to patrimony. The few African American faces in it have been mostly musicians or students or recipients of charity. Greater thought must be given to the kind of special guest the Academy imports for the concert. We don’t know what kind of jollity, charm, or talent Martin Short might have brought, and finding creative types who can both sell tickets and offer artistic substance is a tall order. Boy soprano Bobby Hill was to have sung this year, a nice touch if it had happened.”

Read the article on Philly.com.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra(from The Philadelphia Orchestra)

(Philadelphia, December 1, 2015)—“Voice of an Angel” Bobby Hill of the Keystone Boychoir, the 14-year-old who famously performed for His Holiness Pope Francis during the Festival of Families, has been added to the lineup of talent to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Hill joins multi-talented Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian, writer, singer, and actor Martin Short in the annual celebration of the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street,” a National Historic Landmark. For more information on the Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball, visit theacademyball.org


Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball
January 23, 2016, at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening – Academy of Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Martin Short Special Guest Artist
Bobby Hill Boy Soprano
James Alexander 159th Anniversary Concert Creative Director

Celebrate the lush splendor of the home where The Philadelphia Orchestra first made its sound famous—the glorious “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street”— and then dance the night away. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the brightest guest stars will dazzle you in a spectacular evening of music and resplendent dining like no other, all staged as Philadelphia’s party of the year.

The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra are graciously donating their services for this concert.

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Concert-only tickets, priced at $75 are available for purchase by calling 215.893.1999 or by visiting philorch.org.

For information on the Anniversary Concert and Ball, please call the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978 or visit theacademyball.org.

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Bobby talks with Nelson Aspen of Syndey, Australia’s 7News – here’s the story:

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