Sunday, March 08, 2009

Condoleezza Rice Plays the Dvorak Piano Quintet at Aspen

Say what you will about the recently departed Bush administration, but what few people know is that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was one of the most talented musicians ever to serve on the Executive Branch of government in the United States. Here she is in early August 2008 at the Aspen Music Festival playing the first movement of the Dvorak Piano Quintet with violinists Eric Wong and Ken Hamao, violist Lydia Bunn, and cellist Aleisha Verner. It's important to realize that Condy was still serving as Secretary of State when this was filmed--how on earth did she have time to practice?

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Have a look at my talented son.

  2. Bonnie Brown10:01 PM

    Wow! When DID she find time to practice? Maybe she used mental practice to keep up when she couldn't sit at a piano. Or perhaps she just made a choice to carve out time for practice in her schedule as often as possible. Whatever she did, I'm inspired to make sure I practice more. I feel quite certain my schedule isn't quite as demanding as hers must have been! Thanks for posting this today, Chris.

  3. Thanks for the comments, Bonnie and KittsKrafts!

  4. WHAT a gorgeous piece of music!
    Her playing is remarkable in light of her other activities No doubt if she had more time to practice she could clean up of the umevenness, but as an ensamble player it shows much to admire.and the group transmitting the compelling quality of the music,.

  5. Great video! Note that I'm reserving the "maybe-if-she-had-spent-less-time-practicing-and-more-time-running-the-free-world-we-would-be-okay" comment :)

    At any rate, thanks for posting, Chris!

  6. History will note that Ms. Rice was supremely unsuccessful as an appendage of the Bush administration. She's far, far more effective as an artist. Thanks for the post, Chris.