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Dateline, Oregon.

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.

Truly 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”)

Full-length version of Portland State's national anthem duet

While filming the national anthem for Portland State University's virtual commencement ceremonies on the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland, a stranger a...

Inside the making of PSU's commencement national anthem

Behind-the-scenes look at the making of PSU's national anthem performance (original here: Watch as PSU Class of 2020 grad Madis...


Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time and trying to make the most of it... with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...