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Seattle Symphony's tribute to Aretha Franklin is this weekend

 Capathia Jenkins at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops, 2020
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Capathia Jenkins at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops, 2020

"Aretha: A Tribute" opens at 8 p.m. Friday at Benaroya Hall and features singer/actress Capathia Jenkins.

Seattle Symphony presents the Brooklyn-born Capathia Jenkins for a tribute to the Queen of Soul this Friday and Saturday night, with an afternoon performance on Sunday.

Jenkins recently released her single “I Am Strong” and her CD "Phenomenal Woman: the Maya Angelou Songs" with her collaborator Louis Rosen.

An active concert artist, Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philly Pops, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and many others.

She was a soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic multiple times, and performed in the "Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba" concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and also performed in a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress.

No stranger to TV and film, Jenkins' credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, The Sopranos and Law & Order. She was in a live performance of The Wiz on NBC, and she can be heard on the soundtracks to the films Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.

Phenomenal Woman Song For CJ

The Seattle Symphony concerts will also feature tenor Darryl J. Williams, gospel soloist Nichol Eskridge, singer Phillip L. Ferrell II and singer/songwriter Veronica Moss. The conductor will be Lucas Waldin.

Find out more and get tickets for "Aretha: A Tribute" at

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.