Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Hall, “Ambassador of Soul” will join the Santa Rosa Symphony and Maestro Michael Berkowitz performing hit songs by Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison and more.
Ellis Hall, a former member of Tower of Power, produced this orchestra show to honor his mentor, legendary musician Ray Charles, after his death in 2004. The show celebrates their shared R&B roots and deep passion for the heart and soul of music.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Hall has solidified a reputation for soul-searing Rhythm & Blues, and has electrified audiences throughout the world. A master of the guitar, bass, piano, keyboards and drums, Hall has also made a mark as an incredible songwriter, arranger and producer. He is well-known for his work with the magnetic soul sensations Tower of Power, where he was lead singer and keyboardist in the mid-1980s. He has also performed with a multitude of musical icons including Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Bobby Womack, Billy Preston, James Taylor, Kenny G, Sheila E, John Mayer and his musical mentor Ray Charles.
FREE PRE-CONCERT TALKS
Join Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz one hour prior to every concert for a discussion of the afternoon’s concert, along with personal anecdotes and memories from his storied career working on Broadway and with Liza Minelli, Henry Mancini, and Marvin Hamlisch among many others.
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