The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series makes its debut 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, with “A Tour of Jewish Europe Through Classical Music Starring Chris and Johnny Rice” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, in the Lewkowitz Sanctuary.

According to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), the Rice Brothers are internationally acclaimed young Polish-American musicians. Each plays the piano and cello. They have performed extensively throughout the United States, including making their Carnegie Hall debut in New York City in 2014.

They made their Carnegie Hall debut after each was awarded a gold medal at an international Chopin piano


In Europe, they have performed in Poland, where they were the featured artists at the June 2014 World Music Day celebration in Warsaw.

The AJHS reports that the brothers’ performance will feature a blend of European classical music, some of which is Jewish, some by Jewish composers and some from countries with significant Jewish populations. They will perform together as a duo, but also solo on some pieces.

The Rice Brothers are committed to using music to bring benefits to individuals and to the broader community, with regard to such issues as health, education and effective conflict resolution, the AJKS states. As a result, they have formed a corporation, The Beautiful Music Possibility, to help facilitate their objectives. JN

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