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.

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