30. June 2010 · Comments Off on Aretha & Condi? · Categories: News

Rice, while an accomplished classical pianist who has performed with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other classical music legends, is not generally known for performing contemporary music.

Franklin, meanwhile, is scheduled to sing several selection of classical arias — also well out of her musical comfort zone.

The two women have markedly different political views. Franklin is a staunch Democrat who performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration while Rice, a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, was a mainstay for all eight years of the Bush administration.

But Franklin, who is currently working on an opera record featuring well-known arias, told the New York Post the pair would put aside those differences for their outing next month.

“Ms Rice is a consummate classical pianist and since I sing the arias, I thought we could do something — a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities,” the soul diva said.


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