By Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary Editorial staff
Sitting in the Atlantico Pavilion for the opening plenary session of the Lisbon convention, I found myself powerfully moved by the music of Il Divo. The quartet — Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, French pop artist Sebastien Izambard, and American tenor David Miller — served as the closing entertainment for the session.
As they belted out their rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” and “Somewhere,” I was filled with emotion. I could see the passion they were putting into their music. And it made me think about being passionate about what I do.
Entertainment serves a valuable purpose at these conventions. But I had never looked at it before in this light. “It’s amazing the power of music,” one of the quartet said in setting up their version of “My Way.” “The power of music can help people all over the world.”
Soulful, passionate music stirs our hearts. It reminds us how we long to find our place in the world, discover what our purpose is, and pursue it to the fullest. Several days ago, Rotaractor Elsa Soto Garcia blogged about the need to find what makes us come alive. I think she is right. And I think that is what Rotary is about. Helping people be the best they can be through service and high ethical standards.
Yes Il Divo, music does have amazing power. And so does Rotary.
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The entertainment at the Lisbon Convention was just outstanding and yes, music brings people together! The concert for peace at the Closing Ceremony featured among many great talents a young man by the name of Fernando Varela. A native of Puerto Rico, residing in Central Florida, USA with an enormous voice, rivaling the great tenors of the past. If all goes well we’ll soon hear an see him at the World stage representing the youth an important component to the continued success of Rotary!
RC of The Villages Evening, District 6980
The perfect marriage. Such an event had to have this song. The music is universal. Amazing,
Music is a combination of poetry and lyrics.It is based on language of poetry and move around the lyrics.
Thanks for the Convention updates Arnold. Hope to hear more from you regarding next few days events.
RC Manila Midtown D3810, Philippines
This is an Artist’s report.