Portland State University graduate Madisen Hallberg was being recorded in a public city park that runs through the campus, after the school’s decision to hold a virtual ceremony on June 14.
She was asked to record the National Anthem for the upcoming graduation ceremony… it was going to be played. Obviously a somber and serious recording that was, in a word, odd because of everything that students had been through in 2020…
Suddenly, while the video crew was recording her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, the Oregon opera singer Emmanuel Henreid happened to walk by.
He asked if he could join in. And the result is magical.
Have a look, have a listen. And for a moment, just relax into the sound. (Then scroll down for a “making of the video, video”)