Condoleeza Rice Scheduled to Jam with Aretha Franklin

July 2, 2010  |  

It’s no secret that former Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, has music skills. She’s been playing the piano since she was a child and has performed for Queen Elizabeth II and with Yo-Yo Ma.

Since her tenure in the White House, she’s been less public being a professor at Stanford University, but later this month she will be stepping out. And who better to step out with than the Queen of Soul, Madame Aretha Franklin?

Franklin will be performing arias at the Philadelphia’s Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. For two of her sets she will be joined by Rice on the piano. The performance, which will benefit  inner-city children and the Performing Arts education initiatives will be on July 27th. The Grammy-winning artist said of the first black woman Secretary of State, “[she]  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.”

How patriotic!

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