A Tribute To President Barack Obama, Featuring The Voices Of The Canadian Tenors

MasterclassLady.Com is very fortunate to be the recipient of numerous video contributions from intelligent and creative readers. One such reader who frequents the MCL blog goes by the pseudonym of “Bizzee24“.

 As you will soon see when you watch the video accompanying this article, Bizzee24  is indeed a very busy, imaginative and artistic young lady.  This video collage of President Barack Obama’s historic journey to the Office Of The President of The United States, is sensitively portrayed in collaboration with the sublime voices supplied by Canada’s rising stars, The Canadian Tenors.

In this video of President Barack Obama, I promise that you will be inspired and transported by the wonderful photo slideshow set to to the beautiful lyrics of “Because We Believe”, as performed by The Canadian Tenors.

Thank you so much Bizzee24 for this timely and memorable video contribution. You are extremely talented.

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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

11 Responses to “A Tribute To President Barack Obama, Featuring The Voices Of The Canadian Tenors”

  1. Thank you, MCL 🙂

    I really enjoy putting together these types of videos and how could I pass up this opportunity to capture Obama in this aspect?

    Pictures can be extremely powerful and when set to the right type of music, they bring on a whole new meaning.


  2. Bizzee24 – Brought me to tears. You pictorally captured a truly historic moment in time and set it to a wonderful song. Kudos to you.


  3. Bizzee 247- I added a new page – Reader Submissions – and collected your videos there.

    I will be adding some more as the days go by, from other readers as well.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful, inspiring video keepsake. 🙂


  4. Bizzee-just a thought, you should tag The Canadian Tenors on this video’s YouTube page, as well as the song title, Because We Believe. It may receive more hits – deservedly so. 🙂


  5. MCL, I took your suggestions and added those tags! Thank you!


  6. Thank You, awestruck. I just love this song and don’t think I could have picked a better one to set the pictures….YES WE CAN!


  7. Thanks for sharing this, MCL–and WOW, bizzee!! Amazing!!


  8. It was very cold the morning of the Inauguration as we left the house at 7am to walk to downtown Washington. Six of us had purple tickets and it took about 45 minutes to walk to the designated checkin area. The closer we got the more the crowds swelled, they were happy and orderly. We stood in line and it didn’t seem to be moving at all, there was no one to ask what was happening, there was much confusion. I took off about 9am and said I’d be back, I wanted to see what it looked like to get closer to the Mall. The crowds thickened the closer I got, it was amazing to see how many people there were. I took some pictures then headed back to the purple line. My friends had not moved at all. At 11am we left and made our way back to the condo and watched the festivities on t.v.. My younger friends were very disappointed, they had flown from California, Denver and Chicago to attend the Inauguration. Their father
    ( my highschool boyfriend ) and me were not so disappointed, we just felt so fortunate to have been there and to have experienced the feeling we got moving amongst this incredible sea of humanity, a feeling of joy and hope. There was not one arrest made that day, incredible. I have seldom been more proud to be an American. I felt sorry for my fellow purple ticket holders, we talked to a few that had gotten there at 430am and many that had traveled from afar, it was a very unfortunate occurence. I am so glad that I made the trip and I am hopefull that our new President will be able to guide us through the tough times ahead.


  9. auntieaudie – thanks for sharing your story. Not one arrest! The hope that Barack Obama has instilled in the people of America (Canada too) will inspire much positive change to come.


  10. Andrew Yu-Jen Wang March 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Speaking of Barack Obama:

    Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.


  11. To: Andrew Yu-Jen Wang

    If Bush was a liberal Democrat, then you would love him. You don’t like Bush because you don’t like his ideology. You accuse him of hate crimes. What are they? He didn’t do anything differnently than other past presidents. Democrats got the US involved in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Are they guilty of hate crimes too? Oh wait, they’re Democrats; only Republicans are guilty of hate crimes.


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