Ray Charles's protege Ellis Hall joins the CSO for a special performance at the Gaillard

"The Ambassador of Soul"

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra brings multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ellis Hall— who boasts a five-octave range — to the stage for a "Soul Unlimited" performance.

Diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at an early age, Hall would practice playing his instruments, from drums to upright bass, in the dark, until the age of 18, when he completely lost his sight. Hall listened to the radio religiously, familiarizing himself with music from Nat King Cole to Harry Belafonte. In 1973, Hall formed the Ellis Hall Group, and from there his career took off, spanning more than four decades.

Hall has recorded with the likes of John Klemmer, Carl Anderson, and Kenny G and has been featured in live action and animated films like Invincible, Shrek 2, and Catch Me if You Can. Hall met his great inspiration Ray Charles in 2001 and the following year "Papa Ray" signed Hall to his record label and acted as Hall's mentor. In this "Soul Unlimited" show, conducted by CSO's Yuriy Bekker, Hall performs songs by Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, and more.

The performance takes place Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here.


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