A chance encounter has turned into a stunning performance that shows that we're all in this together.
Madisen Hallberg, a 2020 graduate of Portland State University’s College of the Arts, was part of a video project to record messages for the graduating class of 2020 for their virtual commencement ceremony. Hallberg was singing the national anthem for her section, and an unexpected encounter turned the performance into a moment that truly embodies the human spirit.
Emmanuel “Onry” Henreid was passing by, and as a professionally trained singer with the Portland Opera, he couldn't help but ask to join in when he heard the singing. The result is a spontaneous and moving duet of the "Star-Spangled Banner," and it was included in the virtual commencement and shared on the school’s social media.
It has garnered thousands of views and received high praise from viewers. Check out the performance below!
Henreid shared a message for the graduates and the world in a Facebook comment:
“Sometimes the most spontaneous, intuitive, and creative moments birth forth the most impactful and lasting memories.
Congratulations to the class of 2020. I’m the gent singing in the Madison H.
As illustrated in the video the world around us is ever-changing. As you continue your personal journey remember to take chances, find your voice, and collaborate. We are stronger when we face this beautiful yet daunting world together.”
One commenter says, "So beautiful that it brought a tear to my eye. Thank you Madison and Onry."
Another adds, "Beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes. Wish the whole world could be brought together so spontaneously."
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the chance encounter that spurned this heartfelt performance:
In a time when so many people stand conflicted and apart from others, it's uplifting to see examples of humans coming together in a positive way. Thanks to Portland State University for sharing this awesome performance and to the two talented voices that came together in such harmony.
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