Condoleeza Rice Accompanies Soprano at Benefit Concert

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Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice played the piano in a benefit concert for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association at the Kennedy Center on June 11, the Washington Times reports.

She accompanied soprano Charity Sunshine, who suffers from pulmonary hypertension, in a half-dozen songs.

Rice was introduced by Representative Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California, who said that the concert was Rice's idea. He said that Rice had said, "We have to do something about this and enhance public consciousness. Let's have a concert, and I will accompany her on the piano."

Rice—whose first name is a variation on the musical term "con dolcezza," which indicates that a work should be played "with sweetness"—began music studies as a small child, and had planned to be a concert pianist before switching to international relations.

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