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Air & Simple Gifts – President Obama Inauguration Performance 2009


Who cares if this performance was live or pre-recorded? It was brutally cold outside and and the subpar temperature would have hindered these classical artists and their instruments to perform to this level of perfection.

What a performance! These stellar world-class artists have nothing to prove. They have given an infinite number of extraordinary live perfomances over the course of their combined careers, within the confines of the comfortable and warm environment of world-class concert venues.

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

9 Responses to “Air & Simple Gifts – President Obama Inauguration Performance 2009”

  1. I totally agree, MCL–what a flap about nothing! There is no way it would have been safe to bring those priceless instruments out in that cold, nor does the cold do anything good to the sound of even modern instruments. But oh, what beauty they gave us…

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  2. This was a beautiful performance and thank you for showcasing it here MCL.

    First draft of my letter to PRESIDENT OBAMA in the works for MCL honorary US citizen.

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  3. They had a brief clip on CNN last evening and I said to the TV: “Hey, I already “covered” this story” – while my family members watched. haha

    SOoooo ridiculous and glad that you agree with me, ReReader and ArchieFanDoc. It was indeed a beautiful performance.

    ArchieFanDoc – are you seriously going to write a letter to President Obama? You are the best!

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  4. Rereader – thank you for sending the Jason links. I have yet had time to watch them but will do so later on today.

    I am asking all my readers to remember a dear friend of mine in their prayers – she was hospitalized with a life threatening case of meningitis a couple of days ago. She lives in my neighborhood and we are very close. Everyone here is devastated.

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  5. MCL, you may be sure I will include your friend in my prayers. How terrifying…

    (And I’m glad you got the links! There is a nice article here about how the filmmakers found Jason for their soundtrack.)

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  6. Thank you Rereader. Your prayers seem to be working. It seems that our friend is going to be okay. There are so many different stories surfacing about her prognosis, so, hopefully, this positive one is accurate.

    I read the article about Jason. Nice one! Loved looking at his AI video once again. His voice is so suited to this song. He really is destined for huge success.

    Have to watch the Santa Barbara Videos and then will add them as a new blog topic later on today.

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  7. I’m glad to hear good news about your friend–will keep praying until I hear for sure!

    (And I’ll be keeping an eye out for your blog–I’m eager to hear what you think!)

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  8. Oh, here’s a nice little video clip of–I think it’s the writer?–talking about how they came to choose Jason to sing for the soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AEZI0Pug5A

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  9. Isn’t this an exciting watch? And the writer is so accurate in mentioning that Jason adds nuance and cadence to this haunting melody – Hallelujah.

    Thanks for sending this ReReader. Will add a blog entry about Jason ASAP. Running in circles here.

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