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Wed April 30, 2014

Darin Atwater on Soul, the Symphony and His Latest Work

Darin Atwater conducting the Soulful Symphony.
Credit Soulful-Song.org
Tom Hall talks with Darin Atwater about the Soulful Symphony.

  The composer, conductor and pianist Darin Atwater founded the Soulful Symphony 14 years ago.  The 85 instrumentalists and singers are mostly African American and Latino artists, and their repertoire spans the gamut from classical to pop music. 

That repertoire is about to get a big boost on Saturday night, when Darin Atwater will conduct the world premiere of his latest large scale composition.  It’s a concerto that features the members of the Soulful Symphony, called "So Many Stars."  The program will also include an appearance by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, and students from Landsdowne High School, who have been working with Atwater and members of the Soulful Symphony throughout the year. 

In this interview, Atwater joins Tom Hall in the studio. 

The world premiere of "So Many Stars" is Saturday, May 3 at the Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore. You can find more information about the performance here