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Louisville Orchestra to honor Ray Charles

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --Powerful, traditional, classical, they're words you use to describe the stories told through the musicians of the Louisville Orchestra during any concert. Tonight though, you'll be able to add another word to the mix,soulful.

The music of an icon will fill the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

"This is a tribute to Ray Charles, so I'm sure it's going to be all of his great hits," Heather O'Mara of the Louisville Orchestra explained.

One of the people closest to Ray was another blind musician who will be here in the Derby City tonight.

"Ray Charles brought Ellis Hall under his wing and he really wanted him to succeed," O'Mara said.

"It's probably as close as you can get as hearing Ray Charles himself," Concert master, Michael Davis said.

Hall is the real deal, not only because of his connections to Charles, but also because of his talent... that has him at the top of the R&B and Soul scenes.

"To have him here is something really special," said Davis.

For the members of the orchestra itself and for the audience, people who might not be used to the type concert that will get them moving like this.

The shows starts tonight at 8pm. Tickets start at $26.

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