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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
After a hiatus of more than a year, Soulful Symphony re-emerged last month to perform for a packed house at the Hippodrome Theatre, inaugurating a concert series that continues there Friday night. Thanks to support from the recently launched Hippodrome Arts Fund, the ensemble of predominantly African-American and Latino musicians became the first resident ensemble at the Hippodrome , the flagship of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. "It's a new chapter, a new home — but the same soul," said Darin Atwater, the composer, pianist and conductor who founded Soulful Symphony in 2000.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
After a hiatus of more than a year, Soulful Symphony re-emerged last month to perform for a packed house at the Hippodrome Theatre, inaugurating a concert series that continues there Friday night. Thanks to support from the recently launched Hippodrome Arts Fund, the ensemble of predominantly African-American and Latino musicians became the first resident ensemble at the Hippodrome , the flagship of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. "It's a new chapter, a new home — but the same soul," said Darin Atwater, the composer, pianist and conductor who founded Soulful Symphony in 2000.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2010
A decade ago, something called the Soulful Symphony appeared in Baltimore. With its roster of predominantly African-American players and its emphasis on the vibrant music of founding director Darin Atwater, the ensemble made quite a statement. Its high-energy performances soon earned a sizable fan base and, in 2004, a valuable partner in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Soulful Symphony hasn't performed for more than a year, but will be back in the spotlight Saturday for a 10th anniversary concert.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
The Hippodrome Theatre is largely defined by marquee Broadway shows, from "The Lion King" to "South Pacific. " But starting Monday, the theater aims to be a hub for local arts groups, becoming much more than just a stopping-off spot for touring artists and productions. With the Hippodrome Art Fund, the theater envisions being able to offer a bigger stage and financial support for nonprofit dance companies, music ensembles and more. Broadway Across America, the leaseholder of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, which houses the Hippodrome , has contributed $300,000 to launch the effort.
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By Dana Kinker | December 6, 2007
Baltimore's African-American symphony orchestra, Soulful Symphony, performs its holiday showcase, A Great Joy, this Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The 75-person ensemble of musicians and vocalists is known for blending jazz and gospel with rhythm and blues. This performance will feature traditional holiday music with a gospel twist as well as featured soloists and choral performances. The holiday showcase is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $18-$58.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 21, 2004
In a move to forge new bonds with the African-American community, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced yesterday a partnership with the Soulful Symphony and its founder, Darin Atwater, who was named the BSO's new composer-in-residence. BSO president-elect James Glicker said the "history-making event" will open the doors of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall "to those who have felt left out." Founded in 2000, the Soulful Symphony has a core of 65 African-American musicians, drawn from the Baltimore/Washington area, as well as New York and Philadelphia.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 21, 2006
Music, like the finest liquor, doesn't necessarily need a mixer. Adding a second ingredient to an orchestral concert, for example, can be a tricky business. The Baltimore and Soulful symphonies both mixed music and art in separate projects this week, to, um, mixed results. To launch its new three-program Explorer Series in collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art, the BSO focused on Picasso, matching him, more or less, to works by Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo, Gabriel Faure and Igor Stravinsky.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | January 18, 2007
Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Soulful Symphony sat side by side Tuesday night in a vibrant concert commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The resulting mix of black and white musicians carried over into a program of works by black and white composers. This 21st annual King tribute, a co-presentation of the BSO and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, drew a large crowd to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. After a round of speeches, including one by Baltimore mayor designate Sheila Dixon, the focus was all musical.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | January 17, 2008
The dreams of inclusiveness and equality envisioned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will find their ultimate musical fulfillment when works by African-American composers are programmed all season long, and when ensembles of well-diversified personnel regularly perform for well-diversified audiences. Meanwhile, we have to be content with an annual concert commemorating King's legacy. On Tuesday night, Maryland's 22nd such concert, presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, offered plenty of talent onstage.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
The Hippodrome Theatre is largely defined by marquee Broadway shows, from "The Lion King" to "South Pacific. " But starting Monday, the theater aims to be a hub for local arts groups, becoming much more than just a stopping-off spot for touring artists and productions. With the Hippodrome Art Fund, the theater envisions being able to offer a bigger stage and financial support for nonprofit dance companies, music ensembles and more. Broadway Across America, the leaseholder of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, which houses the Hippodrome , has contributed $300,000 to launch the effort.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2010
A decade ago, something called the Soulful Symphony appeared in Baltimore. With its roster of predominantly African-American players and its emphasis on the vibrant music of founding director Darin Atwater, the ensemble made quite a statement. Its high-energy performances soon earned a sizable fan base and, in 2004, a valuable partner in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Soulful Symphony hasn't performed for more than a year, but will be back in the spotlight Saturday for a 10th anniversary concert.
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July 30, 2009
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | January 17, 2008
The dreams of inclusiveness and equality envisioned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will find their ultimate musical fulfillment when works by African-American composers are programmed all season long, and when ensembles of well-diversified personnel regularly perform for well-diversified audiences. Meanwhile, we have to be content with an annual concert commemorating King's legacy. On Tuesday night, Maryland's 22nd such concert, presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, offered plenty of talent onstage.
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January 15, 2008
Saluting King The Baltimore Symphony Orches tra and the Soulful Symphony, led by Darin Atwater, will present the 22nd annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 8 tonight at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The Morgan State University Choir, directed by Eric Conway, will also perform. Tickets start at $15. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org. FYI Susan Reimer's column does not appear today. See an archi ve of her recent columns at baltimoresun.com/reimer
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January 13, 2008
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By Dana Kinker | December 6, 2007
Baltimore's African-American symphony orchestra, Soulful Symphony, performs its holiday showcase, A Great Joy, this Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The 75-person ensemble of musicians and vocalists is known for blending jazz and gospel with rhythm and blues. This performance will feature traditional holiday music with a gospel twist as well as featured soloists and choral performances. The holiday showcase is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $18-$58.
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January 16, 2007
Music A tribute to King Conductor Andrew Con stantine will lead the Soulful Symphony in a musical tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 8 tonight at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $15-$55. Call 410- 783-8000 or go to baltimore symphony.org. FYI Susan Reimer has the day off. Her column does not appear today.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 11, 2004
If you bring sincerity and integrity to your work," Darin Atwater says, "people will feel it." The 34-year-old composer, conductor, pianist and arranger proves that point every time he expresses himself through music. This is especially true when the vehicle for that expression is the Soulful Symphony, the orchestra of African-American musicians he founded in 2000. On Saturday, the ensemble will give a concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, launching the first full season there as part of a new partnership with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | May 21, 2007
The uglier side of urban music, represented by the inflammatory and derogatory lyrics that have come to represent hip-hop culture, take a direct hit in Paint Factory, an ambitious, often effective, evening-length work for rappers, chorus and orchestra by Darin Atwater. The new piece, premiered to a wildly enthusiastic reception Friday night at the Music Center at Strathmore by Atwater's Soulful Symphony (and repeated Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall), is not quite "a hip-hop symphony," as the marketing had it. Paint Factory is more of a freeform oratorio that incorporates gospel, jazz and pop idioms, with only three rapped movements out of 16 (not much fire to fight fire)
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May 17, 2007
Hip-hop symphony The lowdown // Hear the Soulful Symphony as it performs the world premiere of conductor/composer Darin Atwaters hip-hop symphony, Paint Factory. The show, also featuring dance company Soul Movement and Baltimore-based rappers M.E.P., aims to challenge common perceptions of hip-hop while presenting a heartening message of unity, hope and respect. If you go // Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in Bethesda, and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.Tickets are $15-$55.
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