Condi and Aretha in Concert

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM

How many of us could've predicted this pairing, Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice singing and playing the classics. Neither of these women is a stranger to classical music. Dr. Rice has performed at the White House with Yo Yo Ma and Ms. Franklin stepped in and covered for Pavarotti at the Grammy Awards in 1998.

While these women may differ, they agree that music can be used for to enhance a good cause--inner city youth programs.

The two will perform later this month in Philadelphia to benefit inner city youth programs. They'll be accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra. While it'll be interesting to hear Aretha Franklin sing Mozart arias, I'd be interested in watching Dr. Rice get into character to pull off the accompaniment on tunes such as "Until You Come Back to Me" or "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."  Your thoughts?


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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.

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Aug. 01 2010 12:59 PM

I heard Aretha do Nessun dorma on the Grammies. Frankly, I thought it was horrid. I called Sony about it, they were thrilled.


I think that was the Grammy broadcast wherein Michael Bolton was up for "My Secret Passion", a disc of arias. That I loved and bought. I am not an opera fan, but Bolton made the work approachable.
Nessun dorma was on his disc.

Jul. 16 2010 03:36 PM
Michael Meltzer

You do what you are taught to do, unless you are talented. If you are talented, you can do anything.
There shouldn't be a problem.

Jul. 16 2010 02:30 AM

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