- Two tickets to see Ellis Hall is Ray Charles with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- When: Friday, November 22, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, November 24, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Orchestra Hall at Max M. Fisher Music Center
- Door time: 60 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $58 for main floor A section (up to $116 value)
- $48 for main floor B section (up to $96 value)
- $68 for dress circle section (up to $136 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Ellis Hall is Ray Charles
- Where you might have heard Ellis Hall: as the lead singer and keyboardist of The Tower of Power in the mid '80s
- Where else you might have heard him: as the voice of one of the California Raisins
- Anywhere else?: performing with Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and his musical mentor, "Papa" Ray Charles
- Things he has in common with Ray: both are soul and R&B pianist-singers who went blind at a young age, both recorded on Ray's Crossover Records label, both were once babies
- Ellis's tongue-in-cheek theory of his origin: “When Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles took driving lessons and crashed into each other, I popped out!”
- What Ellis's five-octave range will tackle live: "What'd I say?," "Georgia on My Mind," and "Hit the Road Jack," as well as hits from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye
- Other times Ellis has played Ray's hits: in 2004, when he created A Tribute to Ray Charles, Motown, and Beyond
- Other notable accomplishments: Hall is one of only three people to have played Elvis Presley’s gold piano at his Nashville museum
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
The nation's fourth-oldest orchestra, the DSO has been filling Detroit's music halls with top-notch euphony since 1887. By the 1920s, the orchestra came into its own, entering a golden age that saw them hosting such legends as Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. After financial difficulties put the outfit's hall in jeopardy, a multi-decade fund-raising effort led to their triumphant return home in 1989. Today, the orchestra remains one of the most recorded symphonies in the country, bringing the classical canon to millions of listeners and giving orchestra members something to blast at family gatherings when their siblings start talking about their jobs.