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MERRY CHRISTMAS! The Rice Brothers (Chris, cello; Johnny, piano) play their arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this video! MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and a terrific New Year! We also hope you enjoy our arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Mendelsohn – Wesley), and that the coming seasons of your lives are filled with truly beautiful […]

The Rice Brothers (Chris, cello; Johnny, piano) play their arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria

Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this video! We offer our cello / piano arrangement of Ave Maria in the hope that all of God’s children will have a wonderful holiday season! For those of you who, with our family, are enjoying the Christmas season, and of course celebrating the birth of Jesus… Well, […]

Chris Rice (cello) & Belinda Chiu (piano) play Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, 1st movement

Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this video! Belinda (who I mentioned in the previous post) and I performed this piece together when we were twelve years old. That was about half of our respective musical lifetimes ago, since we’re now both in the vicinity of 20 years old. Each of us started into […]

Johnny Rice plays George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (solo piano version)

Part One: Part Two: Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this performance! (It’s not divided into two parts, as was required by YouTube’s 10-minute limit.) George Gershwin had his priorities straight… He dropped out of school when he was 15. That’s the thing we most admire and appreciate about him. We’re thankful that he […]

Chris Rice plays Frédéric Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23

Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this video! Frédéric Chopin, who is our “other” famous great-great-great-great grandteacher, was of course from Poland. As was our great-great-great-great grandmother (on our father’s side), Ida Weisman Rice, who came to the United States around the year 1910, when she was about the age we Rice Brothers are […]

The Rice Brothers (Chris, cello; Johnny, piano) play the Haydn Cello Concerto in C, third movement

Click here for the higher-visual-quality version of this video! Franz Joseph Haydn is three generations back, on our “teacherly tree,” from Franz Liszt, making “Papa Joe” our great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandteacher. So far, he’s better known for writing “The Haydn C,” which is what many people call his Cello Concerto in C, than he is for being […]

Chris Rice plays Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Sometimes there’s a smile or a nod first, but we most often play music for people … a bit of piano, a bit of cello … before we talk with them. For us, this is like first handing someone a rose, to honor the beautiful music which lives in them (whether or not that “beautiful […]