Play It Again, Condi

How about a little night music from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice? In keeping with tradition at the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit--where each leader performs at the gala dinner--Rice, a gifted pianist, chose a Brahms piece to reflect the world's "serious" mood. Here's a look at other great--O.K., maybe just memorable--performances over the years by political figures on nonpolitical stages.

LOUIS XIV Tuck this away for Trivial Pursuit: the Sun King's nickname is said to come from a lavish gold costume he once wore--as a ballet dancer. Louis pirouetted in his youth and established the first...

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