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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 […]

“You have an honest face”: Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen, and … Paula

Anyone who’s paying attention can tell that she’s gifted, and gifted at the highest level. The passion is there, and there are a of couple of those unmistakable “telltale signs.” All a person has to do is watch Paula for a while. Y’know how there are dogs that … well, you only need to catch […]

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, […]

“On the run”: Jesse James, Bonnie & Clyde and … Dan

To our astonishment, Dan Brenden dropped in to our most recent Bach-‘n-All™, and listened to us play music for a while! He’s been on the run, again. Since we’ve known him, which has been quite a few years, now, it’s seemed as though he’s always been on the run, at least until the law drags […]

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 […]

“With a Song in My Heart”: Franz Schubert, Ella Fitzgerald and … Belinda

Franz Schubert wrote songs … hundreds of them. Ella Fitgerald sang ’em. And Belinda? Well, she is a song. For the longest time, when I’ve thought of Belinda, it’s been, as Rogers and Hart wrote in 1929, and Ella Fitzgerald sang, nearly 30 years later, “With a Song in My Heart!” I’d guess that a […]

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 […]

“Play it again, Sam”: Humphrey Bogart (“Rick”), Sean Astin (“Samwise Gamgee”) … and Teresa (again)

It is always available to us, when life deals us a tough hand, to become bitter, cynical and self-absorbed. Sort of like Rick, at the beginning of the classic movie Casablanca. Rick, the character played by Humphrey Bogart, and Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, had fallen in love, several years earlier, in Paris. At the […]

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 […]

“Doing what you ARE!”: Artie Shaw, Mark Twain, and … Sami

Lately, our family has been re-watching the Ken Burns *Jazz* series. There is a wonderful interview segment with Artie Shaw. (He was an American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians of his time.) Speaking of something which hugely influenced him when he was in his late […]

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 […]

Great piano teachers: Franz Liszt, Robert Hamilton, and … Teresa

There are two reasons we wanted to welcome you with Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” First, we think it’s stunningly, vastly beautiful. And second, we want to honor two of the teachers who are most loved by us (and also the teachers you love the most)! (We intend to rhapsodize about such teachers… <smile>) […]

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 […]