Aretha Franklin Pulls Out of Chicago Symphony Show Under Doctor's Orders

Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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    Aretha Franklin performs during McDonald's Gospelfest 2013 at the Prudential Center on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Newark, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation.

    A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn't specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.

    Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser.

    The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she'll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.