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MasterClass Monday: Gene Wilder Singing Pure Imagination Is Pure Joy, Pure Inspiration. 


Gene Wilder, Pure Imagination

How sad to hear of the passing of yet another entertainment legacy – Gene Wilder

Mr. Wilder died on Monday, August 29th (my dear father’s birthday) of complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was known and celebrated as one of the great character actors of our time, having starred in Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.  

However, I have always adored this song from Willy Wonka, “Pure Imagination“. The music and, in particular, the lyrics, have always inspired me in my musical career. It gave me permission to turn my imagination into veritable musical projects. The mind is a powerful tool and one which all of us should embrace in every profession. Positive and life-changing ideas culled from one’s imagination should be set free, unleashed on the world. 

With this is mind, let us celebrate Gene Wilder’s life by listening to this song. Enjoy. 

My deepest condolences to Mr. Wilder’s family and friends. R.I.P. Gene. 

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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

8 Responses to “MasterClass Monday: Gene Wilder Singing Pure Imagination Is Pure Joy, Pure Inspiration. ”

  1. I was so sad to hear of Gene Wilder’s death–thank you for a lovely memory!

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  2. This is the first place my mind went on hearing of Mr. Wilder’s death: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/08/29/when_gene_wilder_met_mel_brooks.html

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  3. ahhh, your ‘dear father’s birthday’!! my birthday is the day after. 🙂

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  4. Really Hunter? Well then your birthday is the same day as my granddaughter’s!! Awesome! And Happy Birthday to YOU!

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  5. mcl! yes!! 🙂 🙂 thank you! and happy day to your granddaughter. nice that she and your dad have such close birthdays.

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  6. ReReader. What a fantastic article. Thank you for adding the link. 👍👏

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  7. I will also join in the Birthday party! My Grandson’s birthday is August 28th. He’s my sunshine boy. Happy Birthday to all others (here or in “Heaven”).. I also loved Gene Wilder’s films. He makes comedy look so easy. Thank you ReReader for the link!

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  8. I grew up watching Gene Wilder. He was so talented! Thanks for sharing the beautiful video of his singing!

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