Dr. Amelia Garbisch of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is one of a small ensemble of professional singers who will perform at the Saturday evening concert during the Papal visit to Philadelphia. During the live, nationally broadcast concert Dr. Garbisch will be singing back-up for Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and others. The Philadelphia Orchestra will also perform.
The following afternoon in Philadelphia, Mark Wahlberg will host the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Aretha Franklin will perform for Pope Francis at the event, the archdiocese said, as will the Fray. Comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline a pre-show on the parkway before the festival begins.