Aretha & Condi Playing Charity Gig

Bipartisan duo to share stage at concert for inner-city kids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2010 4:00 AM CDT
Franklin will perform a program of Handel, Mozart and her own hits at the concert next month.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
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(Newser) – The Queen of Soul will team up with the "Warrior Princess" of the Bush administration at a charity concert next month. Aretha Franklin—a Democrat—will sing "Say a Little Prayer" and "Natural Woman" as classically trained pianist Condoleezza Rice—not a Democrat—plays, the New York Post reports. The concert at Philadelphia's Mann Hall will raise funds to support programs for inner-city children.

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 says. Franklin's camp is predicting future joint efforts.

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