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Conductor Darin Atwater on Soulful Symphony's New Columbia Home

Jun 27, 2019

Darin Atwater founded the Soulful Symphony in 2000
Credit Photo by Damien Carter @dcarterphotography

Part One of today's edition of Midday on the Arts begins with a unique 2012 performance of the popular spiritual "Wade in the Water," featuring vocalist Mashica Winslow.

It's not the kind of arrangement, or the kind of symphony orchestra, that you’re likely to hear in most churches or concert halls.  Winslow was performing with the Soulful Symphony, an eclectic, 75-member orchestra founded nearly 20 years ago here in Baltimore by Tom's first guest today, Darin Atwater. 

Soulful Symphony is one of the few classical ensembles in the country whose artistic personnel is largely African-American and Hispanic.  On Saturday night, they are performing their first concert in their new home:  the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.   For more information on Soulful Symphony's June 29 concert and their 2019 summer performance schedule, click here.

This program was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page; the video (which runs from 0:00 to 17:30 on the feed) can be viewed here.