Delanoe eager for Rice recital in Paris

9th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - The city of Paris on Wednesday invited visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to put her piano talents to use on her next trip to the French capital by playing a concert with a full orchestra.

PARIS, Feb 9 (AFP) - The city of Paris on Wednesday invited visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to put her piano talents to use on her next trip to the French capital by playing a concert with a full orchestra.

Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe said he extended the offer to Rice as she visited the city's music conservatory just before leaving for Brussels at the end of a two-day stay.

"I invited her to play with the Paris Orchestra and the Paris Ensemble Orchestra on her next stay," he told AFP Rice gave no immediate response to the invitation, he said.

The new US secretary, who was making a whirlwind tour of European nations, told President Jacques Chirac and other French officials Tuesday that Washington wanted to renew transatlantic ties damaged by the US decision to invade Iraq.

Her visit to the conservatory was a brief moment of leisure for Rice, who is an accomplished pianist.

The director of the school, Jean Dekyndt, said Rice had seemed "very emotional" as she listened to a short concert played by young students.

The pieces performed were the final part of Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy", "Trois mouvements pour quatuor et saxophone" by the French composer Alfred Desenclos, and "Elegia for harp and cello" by the Italian Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi.

Delanoe said "I saw the soft side of Miss Rice. She is a real music lover."

© AFP

Subject: French News

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