Soul legend Ray Charles receives a well-deserved tribute from protégé Ellis Hall and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Being the only artist signed to Charles label, Crossover Records, Hall seems destined to follow in the timeless musicians footsteps. The pair became friends just a few years before Charles death in 2004and there are some parallels in their lives that are hard to ignore. Besides being amazingly talented singers, both were born in Georgia and went blind early. Now, this soul/blues/gospel shining star is here to pay homage to his mentor and friend with the help of Long Beachs 83-member orchestra.
Sat., March 19, 8 p.m., 2011