Soulful Symphony founder and artistic director, Darin Atwater, sustained injuries in a recent automobile accident that will require the postponement of the acclaimed orchestra’s next show, Slang!, to October. Atwater is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a fractured rib and pinched nerve.
The September 14 show, Under an Open Heaven, will go on as scheduled. Slang!, originally set for July 28, will be moved to later in the season, according to the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission and Soulful Symphony.
“Darin puts everything he has into every performance, and he would never put on a show for Soulful fans that wasn’t his very best,” said Ian Kennedy, executive director of the Downton Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. “Healing takes time, and we send Darin our best wishes and hope for the speediest of recoveries. We’re all looking forward to “Under an Open Heaven” in September, and we can’t wait to see everybody at Merriweather for what truly will be an inspirational concert unlike anything you’ve seen.”
Those who have purchased tickets for Slang! will be able to redeem their tickets at the rescheduled performance. If ticketholders have questions or would like a refund, please email email@example.com call 443-741-1974.
Soulful Symphony’s first concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion was an unprecedented success and opened to rave reviews. MDTheatreGuide.com wrote this about the inaugural concert, “It is the sound of this wonderful orchestra that left the most lasting impression. The blend of violins, violas, cellos and basses with traditional brass and woodwinds complemented the trap set drums, saxophones and electronic keyboards. It made for an exciting night of rhythms and melodies both new and familiar.”
Pictures and video of the performance can be seen on the DCACC facebook page.
The next show, Under an Open Heaven, slated for Sept. 14, promises to be an inspirational and moving evening of sound as Soulful gives new life to Columbia, Maryland, founder James Rouse’s vision to bring together faith congregations from around the community for an evening of inspiration and hope. Spirituality and Culture are explored – from Vedic mantras to the Islamic Call to Prayer. Hebrew Psalms to Gregorian chant, devotional Bhajans to Bach Chorales, traditional hymns to Gospel music. We Rise Together Under an Open Heaven.
Slang! brings center stage a mosaic of American composers in large form orchestral works from America’s musical soil. Slang!, is an exploration of modern interpretations of classical music by groundbreaking and visionary composers. The program will include the world premiere of Slang!, a new work by Atwater, excerpts from his South Side, Symphonic Dances, along with iconic works by George Gershwin, Andre Previn, and ending the evening with a soulful interpretation of The American Songbook.