Condoleezza Rice plays with Aretha Franklin for charity
- 28 July 2010
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joined veteran singer Aretha Franklin on stage to perform at a charitable gig on Tuesday.
Rice, who is a classically trained pianist, accompanied the soul legend during two of her hit songs at Philadelphia's Mann Music Center.
She also played a selection of Mozart musical pieces.
The concert was held to raise money for urban children and awareness for music and the arts.
Rice, the Republican former aide to President George W Bush and Franklin - a committed Democrat who sang at President Barack Obama's inauguration - met at a White House function.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Rice said: "We were just talking and chatting and she said 'You play, don't you?'
"And I said, 'Yes.' And she said we should do something together."
Franklin said she had been surprised at how talented Rice was.
"All I had seen of Dr Rice was in a political atmosphere. It just seemed foreign that she would be a classical pianist.
"She really does play, she's formidable."
Rice played piano while Franklin sang I Say A Little Prayer and My Country 'Tis of Thee.