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MasterClass Monday: Celebrating The Musical Legacy Of Three Singers Who Left Us All Too Soon During This Past Week: Part Three: Teen POP Idol David Cassidy


MasterClass Monday: Celebrating The Musical Legacy Of Singers Who Left Us All Too Soon During This Past Week: Part Three: Teen POP Idol David Cassidy

On November 21st, 2017, Teen pop star David Cassidy died from organ failure. But, that is not the whole story:

“On February 20, 2017, Cassidy announced that he was living with dementia, the condition that his mother suffered from at the end of her life. He retired from performing in early 2017 when the condition became noticeable during a performance in which he forgot lyrics and otherwise struggled.

On November 18, 2017, it was announced that Cassidy had been hospitalized suffering from liver and kidney failure, and was critically ill in a medically induced coma.[58] He came out of the coma two days later, remaining in critical but stable condition.[59] Doctors hoped to keep Cassidy stable until a liver became available for transplant, but he died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, aged 67.[1][60]. According to his daughter Kate, his last words were “So much wasted time”. Source: Wikipedia

“So much wasted time”. These were his last words. How sad, how poignant and how heartbreaking it is to read and write this.

Why? Because like all of us, David Cassidy made some wrong turns in the road. Seriously, who hasn’t? we may differ by the degree of mistakes and poorly made decisions we have made but, in the end, if one’s life as a whole is memorable and vibrant then this is all that matters.

So, let us concentrate on the positives in David’s life. David Cassidy was a teen Icon. He was huge. He was idolized. His charismatic and genuine demeanour combined with his gorgeous voice made him a marketing gem.

He rose to fame as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musicalsitcomThe Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture‘s teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. He later had a career in both acting and music. (Source: Wikipedia)

The video below showcases his career post -Partridge Family as an exquisite Broadway performer. Here he is performing “Tell Me It’s Not True” from the musical Blood Brothers with his equally talented brother, Shaun Cassidy,”. Listen to his voice. It is rich, vibrant and wonderfully focused – all signs of impeccable technique and exceptional artistry.

This is how we remember David Cassidy today. As a passionate and disciplined vocal artist. Please help yourself to his music on iTunes Music or Apple Music. He was such a diverse artist and has left us with so many incredible musical memories.

To his family and friends, my deepest and heartfelt condolences. R.I.P. David. I know you will rock that celestial choir.

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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

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