Aretha Franklin To Perform With Chicago Symphony

The Queen of Soul will perform with the orchestra this spring

Friday, Feb 15, 2013  |  Updated 8:24 AM CDT
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The Queen of Soul is teaming up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this spring.

Aretha Franklin will perform with the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. May 20, the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced.

The 70-year-old legend will sing to benefit the CSO and its community engagement programs. Tickets start at $75.  An after party sponsored by the League of the CSOA also was announced featuring live music, food and drinks.

Chicago has shown Franklin some R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the past. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council passed a resolution in 2011 declaring May 19 "Aretha Franklin Day."

Among her achievements, Franklin became the very first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was also the second African-American woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine and was the only featured singer at President Obama's 2009 inauguration. 

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