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Rice takes to stage to aid ailing soprano
Seattle Times ^ | 6/11/05 | BARRY SCHWEID

Posted on 06/11/2005 5:50:27 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun

WASHINGTON — A musician long before she became an academic and then a world-famous diplomat, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took to the Kennedy Center concert stage Saturday to accompany a young soprano battling an often-fatal disease.

Rice's rare and unpublicized appearance at the piano marked a striking departure from her routine as America's No. 1 diplomat. A pianist from the age of 3 she played a half-dozen selections to accompany Charity Sunshine, a 21-year-old singer who was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension a little more than a year ago.

The soprano is a granddaughter of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and his wife Annette, who Rice has known for years. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association, formed in 1990, presented the concert to draw attention to the disease from which more than 100,000 people are known to suffer.

Largely unknown in the United States until about 10 years ago, it has no known cause or cure, but genetic studies and a search for treatment are under way.

Sunshine has persisted in her career and performed with orchestras in Hungary, her grandparents' home before the Holocaust, Denmark and the United States. On Saturday, in a concert entitled, "An Evening of Music, Friendship and Awareness" and hosted by Lantos, she drew the secretary of state to play selections by Verdi, Mozart and Jerome Kern.

Eileen Cornett, of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md., accompanied Sunshine on a half-dozen other pieces.

Rice, whose first name is a variation on the Italian musical term "con dolcezza," which is a direction to play with sweetness, learned to read music at the age of 3.

As a child she performed, won piano competitions and planned a career as a a concert pianist. But she switched her field of interest to international relations in her junior year at the University of Colorado and went on to be provost at Stanford University, then President Bush's assistant for national security, and now secretary of state.

Despite her busy schedule, Rice finds time to enjoy classical music and plays occasionally and privately with friends in a string quartet.

In February, on a trip to Europe, she visited a Parisian music school, Conservatoire Hector Berlioz, after a session with French political elite.

Rice tapped her toes to keep time as a music teacher led a group of students age 7 to 9 through their scales. She told the youngsters, "It takes a lot of work to learn to read music. You have to practice and practice and practice."


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1 posted on 06/11/2005 5:50:28 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

Awesome. Would love to hear her play.


2 posted on 06/11/2005 5:53:25 PM PDT by visualops (visualops.com)
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To: anniegetyourgun

What a great post.


3 posted on 06/11/2005 5:53:33 PM PDT by gobucks (http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/Laocoon.htm)
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To: anniegetyourgun

This woman is amazing!


4 posted on 06/11/2005 5:54:14 PM PDT by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: section9
Ping
5 posted on 06/11/2005 5:55:36 PM PDT by MrNatural (..".You want the truth?!"...)
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To: visualops

Me too. I'm guessing the first family has been treated to a private recital or two.


6 posted on 06/11/2005 5:57:25 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

Bet Hillary can't do that!


7 posted on 06/11/2005 5:57:26 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (America is gradually becoming the Godless,out-of-control golden-calf scene,in "The Ten Commandments")
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To: anniegetyourgun

Man, I so Love Her,Such a Class Act!


8 posted on 06/11/2005 5:58:59 PM PDT by cmsgop (Catch A+BERT in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants")
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To: Finalapproach29er

Hillary is busy doing fundraising for other types of things.....like herself.


9 posted on 06/11/2005 5:59:53 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun; All

She gave a concert with Yo Yo Ma (violinist).


10 posted on 06/11/2005 6:02:55 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CyberAnt

Any relation to Yo Yo Ma the Cellist?


11 posted on 06/11/2005 6:05:11 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Of all the idiots I've known in my life, none of them were retarded (W. Earl Brown - "Warren," SAM))
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To: anniegetyourgun

Dr. Rice is nothing but class personified. I very much hope that I get a chance to vote for her. "President Rice" has a nice ring to it.


12 posted on 06/11/2005 6:05:18 PM PDT by GBA
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To: anniegetyourgun

Charity Sunshine?

just asking.


13 posted on 06/11/2005 6:05:46 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: anniegetyourgun
Hillary is busy doing fundraising for other types of things.....like herself.

 

Don't you just bet Hillary is havin' a defecation hemorrhage about now?  There's nothing that trailer-trash carpet bagger hates more than being upstaged... Especially when it's unintentional.

Too bad....


14 posted on 06/11/2005 6:05:46 PM PDT by StoneGiant
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To: Finalapproach29er

Isn't that the truth. Hillary is just too crass.


15 posted on 06/11/2005 6:05:56 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: beebuster2000

Wonder if it is a stage name or the real thing. Oh well, I suppose her folks could have named her Heavenly, Urmy, or Liquid.


16 posted on 06/11/2005 6:08:12 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

Kind of a nice change after Warren Christopher and Madeline Allbright, isn't it?


17 posted on 06/11/2005 6:09:27 PM PDT by Doohickey (CO during fire drill: "Are we conducting a training evolution or porpoising for the hell of it?")
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To: anniegetyourgun

The difference between Republicans and Democrats. Lantos is from one of the most liberal House districts in the country. Secretary Rice is happy to help out.


18 posted on 06/11/2005 6:10:26 PM PDT by magellan ( by)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Maybe she and the Pope will play a duet one day.


19 posted on 06/11/2005 6:12:36 PM PDT by wimpycat (Hyperbole is the opium of the activist wacko.)
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To: freedumb2003
Hildabeast can bang her horns on her cloven-hooves in 3/4 time. She can also sing all the lyrics to William Tells Overture {there aren't any, thank God} but her screech can break a mirror six blocks away. I'll take Condi, thank you.

THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, CONDELEZZA RICE, JANUARY 20TH 2009, GIVEN THE OATH OF OFFICE BY CHIEF JUSTICE JANICE ROGERS BROWN... Oh my Lord, the demonRATs are going into shock, if you thought GWB gave them heartburn....
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, it is too good to think about, but I can't help myself.
20 posted on 06/11/2005 6:15:20 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: anniegetyourgun; Molly Pitcher; Utah Girl; kayak; lysie

What a wonderful story! Thank you for posting this!


21 posted on 06/11/2005 6:17:50 PM PDT by MozartLover ( Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.)
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To: USS Alaska
"Hildabeast can bang her horns on her cloven-hooves in 3/4 time. "

lol

Now there's an image.:)

22 posted on 06/11/2005 6:19:20 PM PDT by MozartLover ( Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.)
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To: USS Alaska
THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, CONDELEZZA RICE, JANUARY 20TH 2009, GIVEN THE OATH OF OFFICE BY CHIEF JUSTICE JANICE ROGERS BROWN...

LOL... That's the worst nightmare any liberal ever has...

23 posted on 06/11/2005 6:19:22 PM PDT by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: wimpycat
"Maybe she and the Pope will play a duet one day."

Mozart, of course.:)

24 posted on 06/11/2005 6:19:54 PM PDT by MozartLover ( Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.)
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To: paudio

25 posted on 06/11/2005 6:26:59 PM PDT by Bobalu (This is not the tag line you are looking for.....move along (waves hand))
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To: anniegetyourgun
There is an underground of Bob Dylan fan who stealthily tape and dissimenate recording of his live shows.

(This is done totally as non profit - no money ever exchanges hands, which is why, I believe Dylan let's it go on. People who bootleg and make money off copyrighted material are a different story.)

Wonder if "Condi boots" will ever be available?

26 posted on 06/11/2005 6:29:00 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: freedumb2003

Oh my - the Cellist - wow! I can't believe I got that wrong.

I saw a few clips of the event - and it was great!! She's very talented.


27 posted on 06/11/2005 6:31:43 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: CyberAnt

Yo Yo Ma??

He from Brooklyn?? :)


28 posted on 06/11/2005 6:34:29 PM PDT by Hand em their arse
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To: anniegetyourgun

Would've loved to have seen it.


29 posted on 06/11/2005 6:34:43 PM PDT by good old days
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To: Bobalu

To think that many blacks don't want to look up to her as a great example of what black can do in this country...


30 posted on 06/11/2005 6:35:23 PM PDT by paudio (Four More Years..... Let's Use Them Wisely...)
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To: cmsgop
Man, I so Love Her,Such a Class Act!

Oh, you mean like Hillery?

.

.

.

/obscene sarcasm

31 posted on 06/11/2005 6:41:29 PM PDT by It's me
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To: CyberAnt

LOL ;)

I would love to see clips -- are they online somwhere?


32 posted on 06/11/2005 6:42:37 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Of all the idiots I've known in my life, none of them were retarded (W. Earl Brown - "Warren," SAM))
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To: Peanut Gallery

ping


33 posted on 06/11/2005 6:52:25 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (So much to do, so little time.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Picture! Picture, please! I really do want a picture of a true, gifted and elegant lady! This would be priceless.


34 posted on 06/11/2005 6:57:42 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Pray diily for our troops...)
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To: freedumb2003

It was at Carnegie Hall - but that's all I remember.


35 posted on 06/11/2005 7:01:11 PM PDT by The Final Harvest (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: anniegetyourgun
The more I learn about Condi the more I'm impressed.

I'd love to have her as President.
36 posted on 06/11/2005 7:02:15 PM PDT by ryan71 (Speak softly and carry a BIG STICK)
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To: anniegetyourgun
The soprano is a granddaughter of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and his wife Annette, who Rice has known for years.

No wonder we haven't heard the old goat, Lantos, droaning on about how horrible our foreign policy is....

Condi is one classy lady, and in this day and age classy ladies in politics are a rare find, indeed.
37 posted on 06/11/2005 7:02:42 PM PDT by demkicker (It's clear that Frist cannot heard those Senate cats!)
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To: Finalapproach29er
Bet Hillary can't do that!

Hillary can't tap her foot to the beat, but she sure can kick her philandering hubby in the ass....in private of course.

38 posted on 06/11/2005 7:21:04 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (NO PRISONERS!!)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Hey, who says one of us is sick....

whadda ya mean "sick"...

Like, "oh! I'm gonna puke sick"?

....or like "hey! lookie at Joey humping a dog,that is 'sick"?.....or "That car is so bitchin, it is illin SICK!!"

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39 posted on 06/11/2005 7:42:32 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

What a wonderful story and so typical of this administration.

Can I say it? WHAT A CONTRAST!


40 posted on 06/11/2005 7:54:03 PM PDT by Humidston (Yo, Hitlary... BRING IT ON!)
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To: GBA
Dr. Rice is nothing but class personified. I very much hope that I get a chance to vote for her. "President Rice" has a nice ring to it.

Dr. Rice needs to understand that abortion kills innocent babies before she should ever be mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.

We have no knowledge of the level of her Christian beliefs and moral compass. Those are important things to know before we throw any support behind her.
41 posted on 06/11/2005 8:02:11 PM PDT by politicket (Hypothesis of Evolution - HOE - The Secular Religion)
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42 posted on 06/11/2005 8:11:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: demkicker
No wonder we haven't heard the old goat, Lantos, droaning on about how horrible our foreign policy is....

Tom Lantos is the old goat who told Craig Livingston in a hearing that "Admiraaal Boooorda committed soooiiicide" for doing less than Craig was alleged to have done.

Livingston turned white.

That aside, my admiration for Secretary of State Rice grows without bound. I saw her appearance with Cellist Yo Yo Ma at Carnegie Hall on some TV channel.

This lady is also an excellent ice skater. Sometimes I wonder if there's anything she can't do.

43 posted on 06/11/2005 8:13:50 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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44 posted on 06/11/2005 8:14:01 PM PDT by Bobalu (This is not the tag line you are looking for.....move along (waves hand))
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To: paudio
THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, CONDELEZZA RICE, JANUARY 20TH 2009, GIVEN THE OATH OF OFFICE BY CHIEF JUSTICE JANICE ROGERS BROWN...
LOL... That's the worst nightmare any liberal ever has...

I need a picture of the Star Wars Emperor saying...

GOOD!

45 posted on 06/11/2005 8:16:54 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("So...according to the UN, weapons that never existed are missing...again!" -Rush Limbaugh)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Condi Rice reading music at 3. Now I am going way off topic. IIRC Condi's parents were music teachers. If so, She was brought up around a lot of classical music (what used to be called "longhair"). A lot of the good engineers, designers, eng. and science professors (and any other people working with heavy math) I have dealt with had an appreciation of classical music. So the question - Does being exposed to classical music at an early age have a positive effect on brain development?


46 posted on 06/11/2005 8:22:43 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (I live in Minnesota, I run a business in Minnesota, but I remain a TEXAN!)
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To: demkicker
No wonder we haven't heard the old goat, Lantos, droaning on about how horrible our foreign policy is....

He's had some good criticisms of our State Department in the past that were quite valid.

47 posted on 06/11/2005 8:29:42 PM PDT by TheOtherOne
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To: anniegetyourgun

Bravo Condi!


48 posted on 06/11/2005 8:34:36 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Why? Ask Jamie Gorelick)
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To: Fred Hayek
So the question - Does being exposed to classical music at an early age have a positive effect on brain development?

Yes is does. What they used to say about the (classical)arts broadening one's mind are true.
49 posted on 06/11/2005 8:35:28 PM PDT by visualops (visualops.com)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Charity Sunshine sign autographs after they preformed at a concert in the Kennedy Center in Washington, Saturday, June 11, 2005. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All right reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

50 posted on 06/11/2005 8:39:07 PM PDT by deport (Save a horse...... ride a cowgirl)
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