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MasterClass Monday: What The World Needs Now Is This.  Broadway, Music Industry And Entertainment Stars Rock The Democratic National Convention. 


Broadway Stars, Democractic  National Convention
Maybe we need, not only more love in our lives, but also this feel good, retro – style music. You know, music that just makes you happy to be alive or, if you are down in the dumps or having a hard day, will make you happy in an instant. Why is this not happening anymore or rarely?   Is this why I am always playing Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” or Bruno MarsUptown Funk“?  

So it goes without saying then that incorporating humor and music into the Democratic National Convention platform a couple of weeks ago was genius. Absolute genius. Is it any wonder why this political event was such a resounding and heartwarming success? 

Noteworthy performers such as singers Carole King and Katy Perry, numerous stars from Broadway, comedienne Sarah Silverman – the list is endless – painted a beautiful and real vision of our world and what it can be when everyone comes together.  

Or not take themselves so seriously. Everyone needs to chill – ax. 

My favorite entertainment moments were many but Carole King singing “You’ve Got A Friend” and Broadway Stars combining their vocal talent to perform Burt Bacharach’sWhat The World Needs Now Is Love” were standouts to me. As was comedienne Sarah Silverman,  particularly when she told the “Bernie Or Bust” people: “You’re Being Ridiculous”. Her delivery and timing of that line was hilarious.  Ms. Silverman was a Bernie Sanders supporter but is now  on Team Hillary. 

However, the music – the MUSIC – and the positivity of the message within the lyrics provided a party – like atmosphere to the political festivities and helped to balance the seriousness of the messages and speeches from the speakers, although there were some hilarious moments during these speeches, particularly from President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice-President Joe Biden and Vice-Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine

And, what can we say about the Ladies?  From First Lady Michelle Obama, to Chelsea Clinton, to Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton – it was first class all the way and more. 

Like Anderson Cooper said and as I was thinking as I watched this live performance: “Not exactly sure who is performing on Broadway tonight”.  It was a star-studded line-up and the understudies must have been put in full force on Broadway to make way for this A-list of Broadway singers. 

Have fun reliving the moment. 

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About Masterclass Lady

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

5 Responses to “MasterClass Monday: What The World Needs Now Is This.  Broadway, Music Industry And Entertainment Stars Rock The Democratic National Convention. ”

  1. Roseanne, I’m not sure if you take into consideration the readers of your site. As a republican I find political posts offensive. I was taught as a child that politics are best left unsaid. So many years of deceitful candidates, presidents etc. let the American people make their decisions wisely. This year will be a tough challenge for all that is for certain.

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  2. Richard – I understand your feelings. I thought long and hard whether or not to publish it. I guess my motive had to do with spreading a more positive message in a confused world. I thought the Dem Convention had the better approach but I understand that there are many out there that would disagree.

    I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I align myself with what I feel works for me in the moment. I loved President Reagan, for instance.

    At any rate, thanks for your comments. I still think the video was outstanding. A great cross section of the best of Broadway

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  3. Thanks for posting, MCL.That was wonderful and if it weren’t for you, I would have missed this joyful musical moment.

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  4. Couldn’t agree more, MCL! Thanks for the heart-warming reminder. 🙂

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  5. If anything can bridge the divisiveness in this country, it is music. Thank you so much for posting this, MCL. I understand that not all of your readers will agree, but you have a right to express your views on your own blog. I’m 100% with you!!!

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