It’s time for a change of pace. Spring is finally here, Mother’s Day is coming up, and everyone is feeling festive! The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of artistic director and conductor Bruce Polay, is ready to help you mark the occasion with our annual “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert this coming Saturday, May 11, at the Orpheum Theatre.

This year’s pops concert is a special tribute to jazz legend Ray Charles and will feature David Hoffman on trumpet and Manuel Lopez III as vocalist and on keyboard. The program has been arranged by David Hoffman, who toured with the Ray Charles band for thirteen years, and will include music from every period of Ray Charles’ career including “Let the Good Times Roll,” “Georgia on My Mind,” “Crying Time,” “Oh What A Beautiful Morning,” What I’d Say,” and many other Charles tunes.

Joining the KGS will be The Cherry Street Combo with Nate Beck on trumpet, Kyle Kunkler on piano, Jake Hawrylak on bass, and Joshua Calef on drums, as well as special guests Todd Kelly, trumpet, and saxophonists Ivan Keta, alto, Larry Harms, tenor and Nate Moore, baritone.

The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets, starting as low as $10.00, are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, ph. 309-342-2299), or at the door concert night. Children and students are half price!


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