September 14, 2010

Music of Ray Charles Opens Pops Season

Jeff Tyzik opens the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pops season on October 8 and 9 with a tribute to the Music of Ray Charles, featuring vocalist and pianist Ellis Hall. You’ll hear some of your favorite Ray Charles classics, including “Georgia on My Mind,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” “Unchain My Heart,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”

Use this link or click on the image below for a video clip of Ellis Hall singing "Georgia on My Mind."

Former lead singer and keyboard player with Tower of Power, Ellis Hall has performed his Ray Charles tribute show with orchestras from the Kennedy Center to the Hollywood Bowl. Click here to read about Hall’s first meeting with Ray Charles.

Use this link or click on the image below to see video of Ellis Hall with Jamie Foxx on the set of Ray.

We’ll also have a special guest for the concerts – Ray Charles’ eldest son Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. will join the RPO for pre-concert readings of his new book You Don't Know Me, which shares reflections on life with his father. Click here for more info about his book. Books will be available for purchase at the concerts and Ray will do signings as well.

Tickets start at $15. Call 454-2100, or use this link to buy tickets online. Click here for more information about the concert.

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