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MasterClass Monday: The Best Musical Moments From The 45th Presidential Inauguration. 


National Prayer Service, Presidential Inauguration  2017
Now, no matter which side of the aisle you gravitate towards, one has to admit that the United States Of America ‘s Presidential Inauguration is a very spectacular event. 

One experiences wonderful and inspiring speeches, parades, musical performances etc. – all thoroughly memorable.  The pomp and the circumstance associated with any Presidential Inauguration cannot be overestimated. It really is a very special  experience that speaks to the patriotic and democratic values of the United States Of America.

But, the music – the MUSIC – is what binds us all and remains a focal point in one’s memory. 

Although I enjoyed many performers featured at the various Inauguration events , the music which proved to be the most inspirational to me happened at the Prayer Service on Saturday, January 21st.  The singers and instrumentalists were absolutely incredible and just so perfect in every which way. It was a powerful and polished ceremony. 

However,  the hair on my skin stood up when the United States Navy Sea Chanters performed a gorgeous a Capella version of “Let There Be Peace On Earth“.  When their voices were initially heard, I was immediately transformed to a Heavenly world. They sounded angelic. . Just incredibly beautiful and heartfelt and expressive. You can hear them at the  36.36 minute mark in the video below.   

This performance – for me – was the highlight of the prayer service, one that featured many, many special musical moments. 

However, I cannot leave it there. There was another young performer – Marlana VanHoose – who performed a glorious version of “How Great Thou Art“.  Her performance can be heard at th 28:48 minute mark. She received a standing ovation and, in particular, Melanie Trump, visibly moved, was quick to jump to her feet.

If you are not familiar with Marlana’s story, you  can visit her website here and read about  her musical performances and awards.  Her journey is a very special and inspirational one. 

Congratulations to President Donald Trump and his supporters. We wish him and his new Cabinet success, fortitude and  peace in the years ahead.  God Bless America. 

If you missed it, you can see the entire service in the video below. And, you can link to the official program HERE

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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

3 Responses to “MasterClass Monday: The Best Musical Moments From The 45th Presidential Inauguration. ”

  1. Did the Piano Guys sing and if so when?

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  2. Yes they performed at the Inaugural Ball and I think the day of the Inauguration. Maybe the next day. Can’t quite remember.

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  3. They performed at the Inaugural concert on Thursday as well

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