Aretha Franklin, Condoleezza Rice to duet

2:05 PM PST 06/30/2010 by Associated Press, AP

Pair will play benefit concert in Philadelphia July 27

PHILADELPHIA -- Aretha Franklin will take the stage next month with an accomplished accompanist more famous for diplomacy: Condoleezza Rice.

The pair will play at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts on July 27 in a show that will feature Franklin's music and classical composers.

The Mann Center's website says former Secretary of State Rice will accompany Franklin on piano for "Say a Little Prayer," "Natural Woman," selections from Mozart and more.

Franklin says in a statement that "Rice is a consummate classical pianist" and that since I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something, a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities."

The venue says the performance is a benefit for programs that support inner city children and its own education initiatives.
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