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Saturday, October 21 2023
Merrill Auditorium


SOUL MAN, by Isaac Hayes and David Porter
As Recorded by Sam & Dave 

CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU, by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
As Recorded by The Temptations 

LONELY TEARDROPS, by Roquel Davis, Berry Gordy and Gwen Fuqua
As Recorded by Jackie Wilson 

SHOP AROUND, by Berry Gordy and William Robinson
As Recorded by Smokey Robinson 

MY GIRL, by William Robinson and Ronald White
As Recorded by The Temptations  

NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME, by James Oden and Roosevelt Sykes
As Recorded by Ray Charles 

GET READY, by William Robinson
As Recorded by The Temptations 

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS, by James Campbell, Reginald Connelly, and Harry Woods
As Recorded by Otis Redding 

HARD TO HANDLE, by Otis Redding, Allen Alvoid Jones Jr, and Alvertis Isbell
As Recorded by Otis Redding 

MAN’S WORLD, by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome
As Recorded by James Brown 

STAND BY ME, by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
As Recorded by Ben E. King 

DANCE TO THE MUSIC, by Sylvester Stewart
As Recorded by Sly and the Family Stone 

LOVE’S THEME, by Barry White
As Recorded by Barry White 

BACK STABBERS, by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
As Recorded by the O’Jays 

MOVE ON UP, by Curtis Mayfield
As Recorded by Curtis Mayfield 

ME AND MRS. JONES, by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
As Recorded by Billy Paul 

YOU’LL NEVER FIND, by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff
As Recorded by Lou Rawls 

JUST MY IMAGINATION, by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
As Recorded by The Temptations 

CLOSE THE DOOR, by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff,
As Recorded by Terry Pendergrass 

LET’S GET IT ON, by Marvin Gaye and Edward Townsend
As Recorded by Marvin Gaye 

LOVE AND HAPPINESS, by Al Green and Mabon Lewis Hodges
As Recorded by Al Green 

ROCK WITH YOU, by Rodney Lynn Temperton
As Recorded by Michael Jackson 

YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME HIGHER, by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
As Recorded by Jackie Wilson 


Artists, programs, and dates are subject to change. 

A dazzling performance honoring the legendary artists of classic soul, including tributes to Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Temptations, Al Green, and Otis Redding. American Idol contestant Michael Lynche and Broadway performers Chester Gregory and Darren Lorenzo join your PSO in this showcase of soulful rhythms and melodies.


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Matthew Scinto guest conductor


Michael Lynche vocals


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Chester Gregory vocals


Darren Lorenzo vocals


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