'Factory's' aim: to show pure artistry of hip-hop

Critical Eye

May 13, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic

THE APPEARANCE OF A HIP-hop symphony at any time would be newsy. The arrival of one right now, just as this dominant music genre is under fresh scrutiny for the content and impact of its lyrics, is uncanny.

"I believe in the providence of God, in terms of the timing of this," says Darin Atwater, the composer of Paint Factory, a symphony for rappers, vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra that will make its premiere this week.

PAINT FACTORY / / Will be performed 8 p.m. Friday at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $18-$55 -- Also, 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets limited -- 410-783-8000 or bsoatstrathmore.org, or baltimoresymphony.org.

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