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MasterClass Monday: Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Share A Heartwarming And Memorable Musical Moment


Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher
When I saw this beautiful video of Debbie Reynolds performing with her daughter, Carrie Fisher, I couldn’t help but notice the tender and committed love they shared.  From Debbie  gently stroking her daughter’s hair, to the genuine spoken moments and then that final hug,  I was extremely touched and teary -eyed that two Hollywood legends were so grounded in their commitment to embracing their love for each other in such a public way. 

For, despite their incredible fame which sometimes became sullied with  personal heartbreaks and struggles,  these two wonderful ladies finally reached a stage in their lives where they realized that true, ongoing happiness could be found in the simplest things. Embracing all that life has to offer that money cannot buy. The love of family. Living in the moment. 

So, although both have stellar voices, this video is not really about the music. No, what is apparent in this video transcends the music.  It is about the message.  The message being no matter how famous or wealthy you may be, in the end, if you do not find true love in family and close friends, people you can count on in good times and in bad , all that wealth and fame mean absolutely nothing.   You are just a product. A brand.  Not a person or a human being who has developed a tangible and genuine connection to those around you 

As sad as their deaths have been for millions of fans around the world,  they found a way to leave the world in an absolutely miraculous and heartfelt manner.  For truly their passing was one of the saddest and sweetest things I have witnessed in a very long time.  A mother dying 24 hours after her daughter died.  They were that close. And that special. And we shall remember their legacy and the message of love and peace they sent us before they left on their journey home. 

I hope you enjoy this beautiful medley of  “You Made Me Love You” and  “Happy Days Are Here Again“. I hope it puts a smile on your face and a song in your heart.  Debbie And Carrie would love that. 

R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.  And, on behalf of the MCL Community, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to their family members and friends. 

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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

2 Responses to “MasterClass Monday: Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Share A Heartwarming And Memorable Musical Moment”

  1. Thank you Roseanne, and so well written…….. One of the most saddest days indeed, but they went together….. Cherish every moment with great friends and of course family, we will never know when our last day on this earth will be…..

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  2. Thank you Richard. I was so touched by their story. I wanted to write something sooner but was too ill with the glue to focus. Your comments are most appreciated. Cherish the moment!!

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