Pianist Condoleezza Rice performs with poise, polish

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

It isn't often that a Grammy-winning professional soloist takes second billing to an amateur on the same orchestral program. But, then again, Al Jarreau usually doesn't share billing with a former U.S. secretary of state.

So, with apologies to Jarreau fans, thoughts on his portion of Friday night's annual Omaha Symphony Gala concert will appear on the next page. The true musical “headliner” was guest pianist Condoleezza Rice, who envisioned quite a different life in her youth than the one in which she became the first African-American woman to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

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