Aretha Franklin, Condoleezza Rice perform for charity concert

July 29th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama London, July 29 (ANI): Putting all her political views aside, Aretha Franklin recently took to stage with Condoleezza Rice for a charity concert.

The soul star, a staunch Democrat who sang at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, appeared on stage for a three-hour concert with classically trained pianist Rice - a Republican who served as an aide to President George W. Bush, reports the Daily Express.

The Respect hitmaker belted out her hits and a number of classical arias, while the former U.S. secretary of state played piano accompaniment alongside an orchestra at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Introducing her song I Say a Little Prayer, Franklin told the crowd of 8,000: “You didn’t think she could play it, right?”

The concert was expected to raise 387,000 pounds for an arts program, which helps underprivileged children. (ANI)

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