Janelle Monáe preps to present two shows with the San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month. The special performances follow the release of “Q.U.E.E.N.” – her funked up dance single featuring Erykah Badu that recently broke 4 million views on Youtube.
Kicking things off with an epic performance in San Francisco last night, Janelle Monáe will perform again on May 20th in Chicago. Proceeds from the performance in San Francisco will benefit SFS Music and other educational programs. Janelle Monáe was matched with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after being asked to cover for Aretha Franklin, who was originally scheduled to play the performance. Proceeds from the Chicago show will benefit the orchestra and its educational programs. Both shows feature new versions of her critically acclaimed songs backed by lush arrangements provided by the orchestras. Given the financial struggles of symphonies across the country, Janelle Monáe’s appearance is likely to provide a major boost to the bottom lines and morale of both musical organizations.
Catapulting herself even further into the stratosphere, Janelle Monáe is primed to drive her fans mad with anticipation as she preps the release of her forthcoming LP Electric Lady. This time she drops the first press image from the project, further cementing herself as an unequivocal icon of unabashed individuality and class in style; her appreciation of line and pattern is only accentuated by the fact that her face is beat. Purchase Janelle Monáe’s latest single “Q.U.E.E.N.” via iTunes. Grab tickets to see Janelle Monáe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra below.