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‘Condi’ Rice and Aretha Franklin will be an unusual duo at the Mann

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010



Next week the former Secretary of State and the reigning Queen of Soul will join forces at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Condoleezza Rice will be on the piano backing up Aretha Franklin. But, in some ways, it just could be the other way around.

Condoleezza Rice turned heads while with the Bush Administration when she displayed her prowess on the piano.

She kept up her classical chops while Secretary of State, performing Mozart and Brahms. But next Tuesday she will go outside her comfort zone, playing “Say A Little Prayer” and “Natural Woman” with Aretha Franklin.

“Nobody in the world sounds like her,” says Rice of Franklin. “Nobody ever has and nobody probably ever will. And I’m very excited. It’s different for me because I don’t play much in the way of jazz or R&B – this is a different genre for me. But, she’ll carry me.”

Rice has played since she was three-years-old and she says it was important to keep it up while Secretary of State. Not because it’s a stress reliever – she emphasizes playing Brahms is not relaxing – but the intense focus required gave her respite from the responsibilities of her day job.

Rice says serious musicianship on an amateur level should not be surprising – not in politics and not in schools.

“I do think we’re losing a whole generation of kids who are not playing instruments, not getting it in schools,” she says. “Drives me crazy when people talk about music as extra-curricular in the schools, it seems to me it’s part of being a broad and well-educated human being.”

Rice will also perform Mozart with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will benefit the Mann Center’s inner-city school programs.


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  • Brian says:

    Condi Rice told the 9/11 Commission and the 9/11 Widows under oath that the “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” memo was not a warning. It warned of preparations for hijackings and planned attacks in the US.

    On July 10, 2001, CIA director George Tenet warned Condi that al Qaeda attacks were coming in the next few weeks. Later he said acting on those warnings might have prevented 9/11. Cofer Black said “The only thing we didn’t do was pull the trigger to the gun we were holding to her head.”

    The UK, Germany, Italy, and Egypt warned of aircraft as weapons; Russia of suicide pilots; Jordan and the Cayman Islands of attacks involving airlines. 13 foreign countries and 3 FBI offices warned. Israel warned of 19 terrorists plotting inside the USA, and named at least 4 of the alleged hijackers.

    The German press reported that the August 6 PDB was actually 11-1/2 pages long, not the 1-1/2 pages we’ve seen.

    Google: Condi Oath Youtube

  • Music bonds people on a whole new level where there can be no hatred or jealousy. So it should be part of the curriculum.

  • Natalie Overton says:

    I am very excited to hear that Condi Rice is expanding her repertoire. It is always good to continue to learn and grow. Life is full of adventures, that start with us coming out of our comfort zones.
    I fully agree with Ms. Rice in her comment about music being extra-curricular. We have divested in the imaginations and talents of our youth, and wrongly invested in areas that have left us with a huge budget defficit and a very small natural talent surplus in our youth.
    They have very little hope for their future, because very little has been invested in them.

  • “I do think we’re losing a whole generation of kids who are not playing instruments, not getting it in schools,” she says. “Drives me crazy when people talk about music as extra-curricular in the schools, it seems to me it’s part of being a broad and well-educated human being.”

    I know. we COULD be sending those kids off to some godforsaken desert to have their heads, arms, legs, and reproductive organs blown off while searching for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.

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