Left: Rice with cellist Yo-Yo Ma during a National Endowment for the Arts ceremony
(Kuala Lumpur) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will perform a piano recital at this week's annual ASEAN Regional Forum.
Rice — a trained classical pianist — is expected to perform a variety of works from one of her favorite composers, who include Mozart, Brahms, and Shostakovich.
At 15 Rice performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a prize for winning a student music competition.
Four words, however, keep up an annoying effort to pop into my head right now: "Rome," "Nero," "fiddle," and "burning."