Inspired by Ray: The Ray Charles Symposium

Schedule of Events

Symposium events and participants are subject to change. Please note: Registration is now closed. 

Friday, September 21

Time(s) Information Location
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Check-In for Preregistered Guests  Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street 
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Ray Charles, the Church, and Southern Music 1A
1140 Boylston Street 
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Ray Charles and Country Music 1W
1140 Boylston Street 
1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Performance: Laszlo Gardony Trio David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Ray Charles the Reinventor David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Ray Charles the Businessman 1W
1140 Boylston Street
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Heavenly Sight 1A
1140 Boylston Street
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. An Open Rehearsal with the Wayfaring Strangers: Playing Chess with Ray Charles 1A
1140 Boylston Street
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Assistive Music Technology Lab for Blind and Visually Impaired Musicians 7 Haviland 
6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. Jazz Composers Alliance: Everybody Loves Ray Charles David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street 

Saturday, September 22 

Time(s) Information Location
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Check-In for Preregistered Guests 921 Boylston Street Lobby
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Working with Ray Charles David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street 
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. That's What I Say: The Making of a Tribute Album with John Scofield David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street 
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Ray Charles: The Music, the Genius, the Pathology 1A
1140 Boylston Street 
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Inside the Genius Studio 1W
1140 Boylston Street 
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. A Discussion of the Biography Ray Charles: Man and Music with the Author, Michael Lydon 1A
1140 Boylston Street 
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Ray Charles and the Jazz Community 1W
1140 Boylston Street 
1:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. A Screening of the Film Ray Followed by a Discussion with Curt Sobel David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street 
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Film Screening: Ray Charles America 1W
1140 Boylston Street 
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Carolyn Wilkins: Music Inspired by and in Tribute to Ray Charles 1A
1140 Boylston Street 
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. InspiRAYtion: Concert Finale Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue 

Sunday, September 23

Time(s) Information Location
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Closing Event: Happy Birthday Ray David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street