This week's flick features musical legend Aretha Franklin & former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice performing at The Mann Music Center in Philadelphia on July 27th. The event was a fundraiser for arts programs targeted to inner city youth and raised more than $580,000. The Mann Music Center is also celebrating its 75th Anniversary of providing music in the city's Fairmount Park.
Many people nicknamed the event "The Diva & The Diplomat."
Fab Fiance & I were among the 600+ attendees at the 'Party in The Park' Gala prior to the concert. It was hot as blazes under the tent where we had cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner - but we thoroughly enjoyed chatting it up with table-mates. The good and bad news is that we were seated dangerously close to the dessert buffet - with cupcakes, green candies, and a chocolate fountain.
We had great concert seats - five rows from the stage in the center of the aisle. The place was packed from the "roota to the toota" and sold completely out. It felt tight too with 8,000 concert goers mulling around.
The concert began with classical works performed by Condoleezza Rice with The Philadelphia Orchestra. She sounded amazing!
At the intermission, I tweeted that I saw Ronald Isley walking by us with his wife. He later joined Aretha on stage for a rendition of "The Way We Were" that bought many of us to tears.
It goes without saying that Ms. Franklin bought the house down! She looked fantastic after her weight loss and her voice is absolutely outstanding. Her spirit was personable as she joked and delighted the audience. She sang R&B, Gospel, and Arias (take that youngins'!)
The two ladies later reunited on stage to perform 'I Say A Little Prayer for You.'
After the concert, Fab Fiance & I enjoyed champagne and more dessert at a reception for gala attendees. As we walked to the car, we talked about how we witnessed one of the most incredible and historic concert events ever. It was worth the money to create this special memory for us.
More importantly, these two ladies demonstrated how we can put partisanship aside to help our children. Hopefully, others will follow their lead.
Check out this MSNBC-TV of some of the concert highlights.