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Dr. Condoleezza Rice, politician and concert pianist, and the Muir Quartet will perform at Stein Eriksen Lodge on January 14, 2011.
Yes, Condoleezza Rice.
The evening's music will include works by Dvorak and Brahms, and will benefit the Deer Valley Music Festival (Summer Home of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.)
Both Dr. Rice and the Muir Quartet have donated their services for this event.
From a press release:
Dr. Rice was born into a life of music and foreign affairs on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. Growing up in the turbulent and segregated South, Rice stayed focused on her music lessons, and at age 10 was the first black student admitted to study at the Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Music. Dr. Rice competed in piano at the Conservatory and continued for several years as her family moved to Colorado. She won her first musical competition playing Mozart's D Minor Piano Concerto, and later performed with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. The Muir Quartet features founder Mike Reynolds, cello; Peter Zazofsky, violin; Steven Ansell, viola; Lucia Lin, violin. In its 31st season, the Muir String Quartet has long been acknowledged as one of the world's most powerful and insightful ensembles, distinguishing itself among audiences and critics with its "exhilarating involvement" (Boston Globe),"impeccable voicing and intonation" (San Francisco Examiner) and "unbridled musicality" (American Record Guide). Winner of the 1981 Naumburg Chamber Music Award and 1980 Evian Competition, the Muir String Quartet was greeted with rave reviews and an extensive feature in the New Yorker. They were soon featured on the internationally acclaimed PBS broadcast, In Performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan. Reynolds, called Rice an "old friend" of the Muir Quartet, sharing that she used to play with them regularly years ago at the Montana Chamber Music Festival in Bozeman before accepting a leading role in the Bush Administration. "We are thrilled to have Condoleezza Rice join us in Utah to share her love and passion for the musical arts," says Melia Tourangeau, President and CEO of the Utah Symphony| Utah Opera. For more information on attending this exclusive performance please contact Amanda Deuel, Director of Special Events, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera at firstname.lastname@example.org