Pianist-vocalist Ellis Hall performs music of Ray Charles, Motown and more, with the Minnesota Orchestra; Sarah Hicks conducts
On Saturday, May 6, pianist-vocalist Ellis Hall performs onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra, under the direction of Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall. A protégé of Ray Charles and the former lead singer of Tower of Power, Hall will sing his own greatest hits along with Motown classics and Ray Charles favorites including I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Hit the Road Jack and Georgia on My Mind.
The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $35 to $75. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Ellis Hall is an accomplished pianist, songwriter, arranger, producer, educator and vocalist with a powerful five-octave singing range. Across a career of 40-plus years, he has proven himself as an all-around performer who has entertained audiences on five continents, sharing stages with giants ranging from James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Toby Keith to Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke and Sheila E. His reputation of excellence has earned him the moniker “The Ambassador of Soul.” Hall has also worked as a session musician and was a featured artist on records with artists such as John Klemmer, Carl Anderson, Larry Dunn and Kenny G, and has recorded songs for live action and animated films such as The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, Shrek 2, Chicken Run, Invincible and Bruce Almighty. More: ellishall.com.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the upcoming 2017-18 season, she will conduct Orchestra performances with Leslie Odom, Jr., Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Pink Martini, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, as well as the film music concerts including La La Land, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Little Mermaid and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Away from Orchestra Hall, she has recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuted with the Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Toronto Symphony. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Live at Orchestra Hall
ELLIS HALL PLAYS RAY CHARLES, MOTOWN AND BEYOND
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Ellis Hall, piano and vocals
Tickets: $35 to $75
TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Center, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator