Aretha Franklin to Perform a Duet Concert With ... Condoleeza Rice?
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Music and politics seem to be meshing together a lot lately, and we're not really sure why. The latest: Aretha Franklin has just announced that she's going to team up with the former US Secretary of State to sing songs like "Natural Woman" and "Say a Little Prayer."
Rice will start the show with a solo, accompanying the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Rossen Milanov for Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor, then Franklin will join in to perform her classic soul anthems and a few arias.
Many don't know that
Condi actually considered becoming a professional musician and is a
celebrated amateur pianist, and she even performed for Queen Elizabeth
II in 2008. So we're guessing this definitely won't be amateur hour.
we find particularly interesting is the obvious political party
differences. Rice, the quintessential Republican, will play with the
life-long Democrat who didn't vote for Rice's former employer.
According to Franklin, they've put their differences aside for this
show, though. She was recently quoted as saying, "Ms Rice is a consummate classical pianist and since I sing the arias, I
thought we could do something. A bipartisan effort for
our favorite charities."
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