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    Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:52:23

    Aretha Franklin to Perform With Condoleezza Rice - Former Secretary of State is an accomplished accompanist

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    The Associated Press reports that soul diva Aretha Franklin will share the stage with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is herself an accomplished accompanist who is more well-known for her role in President George W. Bush's cabinet than her musical abilities. But that could all change now that she is partnering up with Franklin. Maybe Condi can get some musical R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

    Franklin and Rice will play at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts on July 27 in show that will feature Franklin's music and classical composers. Rice will accompany Franklin on piano for a few songs, among them "Say A Little Prayer," "Natural Woman," selections from Mozart and more.

    In a statement, Franklin said that "Rice is a consummate classical pianist" and that "since I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something, a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities."

    The venue says the performance is a benefit for programs that support inner city children and its own education initiatives.

    What do you think of the diva and the politico performing together?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.01.10




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