Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Aretha and Condoleezza perform duet

Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia (AP)

Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin took the stage in a rare duet for Rice, the classically trained pianist, and Franklin, the soulful voice of a generation.

Their aim was to raise money for urban children and awareness for music and the arts.

"It is a joint effort for the inner-city youth of Philadelphia and Detroit," Franklin said before their concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the city's Mann Music Centre.

Their appearance in the three-hour concert before an estimated crowd of 8,000 overflowed with Franklin's catalogue of hits and arias from the world of opera and classical music.

"We decided to give it a try," Franklin said. "So here we are, in the city of Brotherly - and Sisterly - Love."

Rice, better known as a diplomat and national security adviser, accompanied Franklin singing her hit I Say A Little Prayer as well as My Country 'Tis of Thee.

Rice said she rehearsed furiously for her performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor with the orchestra.

Franklin's repertoire included songs from her new album A Woman Falling Out of Love, to be released later this year.

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