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Clinton takes symphony role
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton will also read from a Martin Luther King speech
Former US president Bill Clinton is to take the role of guest narrator for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's forthcoming concert.

Mr Clinton will read from the speeches of his predecessor Abraham Lincoln to orchestra's rendition of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait at a concert on 25 March at Little Rock, Arkansas.

He will also read from the "I Have a Dream" speech of civil rights activist Martin Luther King during the orchestra's performance of Alexander Miller's Let Freedom Ring.

"The works say a lot about Clinton as a person and a politician. They speak to the issues that he's been about," said David Itkin, the music director and conductor of the Arkansas symphony.

Mr Clinton will not play his saxophone during the recital, however.

The one-off concert will raise money for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the William J Clinton Presidential Foundation.

Since leaving the White House in 2000, the politician has carved out a successful media career.

He has signed up as a political commentator for the show 60 Minutes on the CBS network for 10 weeks.

In one show, he went head-to-head with his Republican rival in the 1996 elections, Bob Dole, for a debate on taxes.

Last year he turned down as offer to host a talk show.




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