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Ray Charles Tribute Concert

Ray Charles Tribute Concert

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SPECIAL DISCOUNTED COLUMBIA COLLEGE RATES FOR TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE: Students may purchase tickets for $5, faculty, staff, and alumni for $15. Please call 312.369.6600.

Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago

New Black Music Repertory Ensemble
T. S. Galloway, Conductor

Featuring:
Sean Harris
Bobbi Wilsyn
Sue Conway
Maggie Brown
Special Guest Artists:
Marcus Belgrave
Dr. Mable John

Saturday, March 7, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Attendees of after-hour events must enter through the Plymouth Court entrance located on the west side of the building

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Program

Welcome and IntroductionsMonica Hairston, Executive Director, CBMR
Event sponsors:
Jerry D. Rothman, Legal Counsel for The Ray Charles Foundation
Tony Gumina, President, Ray Charles Marketing Group
America the BeautifulText (1895; rev. 1904 and 1915) by Katherine Lee Bates
Music “Materna” (1882) by Samuel Augustus Ward
Music/text compilation by Clarence Barbour
arr. Quincy Jones
Music recorded in 1972. Video filmed in 2001. This performance was used only once, on Sunday, September 11, 2005, when it was shown on big screens throughout Major League Baseball and National Football League stadiums in commemoration of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Bad WaterJimmy Holiday
arr. Ray Charles
Special Guest Artist, Dr. Mable John
Bobbi Wilsyn, Sue Conway, and Maggie Brown
Confession Blues (recorded 1949)Ray Charles
Sean Harris
I've Got a Woman (recorded 1954)Ray Charles/Renald Richard
Sean Harris
Hallelujah I Love Her So (recorded 1955)Ray Charles
Sue Conway
Let the Good Times Roll (recorded 1959)Sam Theard/Fleecie Moore
arr. Quincy Jones
Sean Harris
One Mint Julep (recorded 1960)Rudolph Toombs
arr. Quincy Jones
Special Guest Artist, Marcus Belgrave, trumpet
Georgia on My MindHoagy Carmichael/Stuart Gorrell
arr. Ray Charles/David Newman
Film of 1965 performance featuring David “Fathead” Newman, flute
Unchain My Heart (recorded 1961)Robert Sharp Jr./Teddy Powell
arr. Ray Charles
Sean Harris
Bobbi Wilsyn, Sue Conway, and Maggie Brown
Hit the Road Jack (recorded 1961)Percy Mayfield
arr. Ray Charles
Sean Harris and Maggie Brown
Bobbi Wilsyn and Sue Conway
I Can’t Stop Loving You (recorded 1962)Don Gibson
arr. Marty Paich
Bobbi Wilsyn
Members of the Columbia College Gospel Choir
Here We Go Again (recorded 1967)Russell Steagall/Donnie Lanier
arr. Sid Feller
Bobbi Wilsyn and Brandon McKenzie
Sue Conway and Maggie Brown
Re-recorded with Norah Jones in 2003, using the original arrangement.
Ring of FireMerle Kilgore/June Carter
Video of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash (taped 1970)
Heaven Help Us All (recorded with Gladys Knight, 2003)Ron Miller
arr. Randy Waldman/David Blumberg/Clarence McDonald
Sue Conway
Members of the Columbia College Gospel Choir
Originally recorded in 1972, arranged by Quincy Jones, Sid Feller, and Mike Post.
Mess Around (recorded 1953)Ahmet Ertegün
arr. Ray Charles
Sean Harris
Let It Be (video recorded 1990)John Lennon/Paul McCartney
What’d I Say (recorded 1959)Ray Charles
Sean Harris and Maggie Brown
Bobbi Wilsyn and Sue Conway

All charts were recreated by T. S. Galloway, based on Ray Charles recordings, except Burgess Gardner for “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and “Mess Around,” and Doug Scharf for “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Content of the program narrative designed and written by Tony Gumina.