In a pairing that nobody would ever have predicted, Aretha Franklin will be performing on July 27 at Phildelphia's Mann Center of the Performing Arts where she will be accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra and, on piano, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
The performance is a benefit for programs supporting inner city children and The Mann Center education programs and will feature not only Franklin but also a short set of Rice playing piano with the orchestra.
According to the Mann Center:
The Queen of Soul pairs up with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Ms. Rice will enchant us with selections from Mozart and more and will feature Aretha on vocals with selections from her new album, A Woman Falling Out of Love. This extraordinary effort is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss this amazing duo with those fabulous Philadelphians for one night only!Franklin told the New York Daily News "Ms. Rice is a consummate classical pianist and since I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something ... a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities." Franklin is a Democrat while Rice is a Republican and former member of the Bush administration.
A rep of Franklin's told the Daily News that it is also expected that the pair would be playing the Kennedy Center in Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York.