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Condoleezza Rice backs Aretha Franklin on piano in Philly

Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin and Condoleezza Rice made a little bit of music together Tuesday night in Philadelphia in a pairing the Washington Post said had "a kind of goofy brilliance" -- brilliant enough to raise $582,000 for arts education and the Mann Center, the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The former secretary of State, a classically trained pianist, hit the keys with the orchestra for the first part of the night, then partnered with the music legend for "Say a Little Prayer." Franklin brought Rice back out for "My Country 'Tis of Thee" -- a tune the belter also performed the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated.

Watch clips from the performance in an ITN News video after the break.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin at a fundraiser in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Credit: Jeff Fusco / Getty Images


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Congratulations and best wishes to the two professional artists who combined their unique talents for such a worthy cause. All of us could learn from your example. No matter how diverse or politically motivated you are, anything can be accomplished if you make it happen.


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