It’s an event that is being hailed as “an evening of classics and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”
Former Secretary of State and accomplished pianist Condoleezza Rice is set to perform with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in Philadelphia July 27 for a concert to benefit inner-city youth and education programs.
The duo will be accompanied by the The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for Performing Arts.
According to the center, “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.”
The two are an unlikely pair, coming not only from different career backgrounds, but from different sides of the political aisle as well. Rice was Secretary of State and national security adviser to President George W. Bush while Franklin performed at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
In a statement, Franklin said described the event as “a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities,” the Detroit Free Press reported.