In July, "The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, will perform in Philadelphia, at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, with The Philadelphia Orchestra and an unlikely accompanist: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
According to the venue's website, it will be "an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T," benefiting "programs supporting inner city children and The Mann Center education programs."
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!
The price of admission ranges from $24 to $95.
"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," Franklin told The New York Post.
After she left government, Rice returned to California, to Stanford University, where she is teaching and writing several books. Last week, she gave a campus tour to the president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev.