Friday, February 27, 2009

Darin Atwater, Soulful Symphony Cancel April Performances

The Sounds of Motown will be performed as scheduled in May 2009

(Baltimore, Md.) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that Soulful Symphony, under the direction of Darin Atwater, will not be performing Soulful Sings, previously scheduled for April 3, 2009 at The Music Center at Strathmore and April 4, 2009 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, due to the weak economy. The final Soulful Symphony concert of the season, The Sounds of Motown, will be performed as scheduled.

"It's unfortunate that the current economic downturn has affected us in this way,” says Darin Atwater, founder and artistic director of Soulful Symphony. “We are anticipating an exciting evening as we close the season with The Sounds of Motown. Our patrons are resilient and we will do everything possible to keep alive the wonderful performances they have come to love."

BSO Vice President and General Manager, Kendra Whitlock Ingram agrees, “We felt it best to focus all of our efforts on The Sounds of Motown, which, given current sales, is projected to sell out.”

Patrons who purchased tickets to Soulful Sings may exchange their tickets into another program, apply the face value of their ticket toward any upcoming 2008-2009 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert, donate the value of their ticket as a charitable contribution or receive a full refund*. Patrons who purchased tickets to Soulful Sings might enjoy similar programs such as The Sounds of Motown (May 15 and 16, 2009) or BSO SuperPops concert Patti Austin: An Ella Fitzgerald Tribute (March 12-15, 2009).

Soulful Symphony will close its 2008-2009 season with The Sounds of Motown on Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. The program features powerhouse vocalists and masterfully orchestrated hits by Motown greats like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Supremes.

About Soulful Symphony
Founded in 2000 by composer and artistic director Darin Atwater, Soulful Symphony is dedicated to the preservation of African-American cultural expression and to the presentation of American vernacular music. Soulful Symphony is a repository for the exploration of diverse musical expressions: classical, jazz, gospel and popular forms capturing a universal language that gives all cultures common ground.

In 2004, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra forged an historic joint venture with Soulful Symphony, partnering with the organization to bring their unique brand of music to new and diverse audiences throughout Maryland. Since partnering with the BSO, Soulful Symphony has performed to sell-out houses at both the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.


For a bit about Soulful Symphony on YouTube

To exchange your tickets, call the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or 877.BSO.1444.

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