Soulful Symphony Founder Recovering from Automobile Accident, Remaining 2019 Concerts Cancelled


Due to injuries sustained by Soulful Symphony founder and conductor Darin Atwater in a car accident last month, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission (DCACC) today announced the cancellation of the acclaimed orchestra’s final two shows at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2019. All ticket buyers will receive full refunds.

“This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but after consulting with my medical team, I know it is the right one,” said Atwater, who is also Artistic Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. “Thank you to the fans who have supported Soulful for so many years along with those supporting me in my recovery. Next year is Soulful's 20th anniversary, and it will be our biggest year yet. I am already looking ahead to the possibilities for this celebratory season and can't wait to get to work on it soon.”

Tickets purchased online and at the box office with credit card will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash at the box office can visit Merriweather Post Pavilion’s box office to redeem their refund. These refunds will be available until October 21st(the next business day following two weeks after the event). 

Soulful Symphony’s first concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion was an unprecedented success and opened to rave reviews. wrote, “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 Soulful’s performance at Merriweather can be seen at Soulful-Symphony.comor on the DCACC Facebook page

Soulful Symphony’s residency at Merriweather Post Pavilion marks a return to the storied venue’s roots as a cultural institution. Since acquiring ownership of Merriweather in 2016, DCACC has hosted numerous community and cultural events at the amphitheater, including Soulful’s debut at the venue in June with #SoulfulSetlist.

Founded in 2000, Soulful Symphony will continue its residency at Merriweather Post Pavilion next year with a celebratory, 20thanniversary season that will showcase the orchestra’s full range of musical styles, with both familiar selections and new works. 

“Our main priority is that Darin fully recovers from his injuries, and you can’t rush the healing process,” said Ian Kennedy, DCACC’s Executive Director. “We will continue to support Darin as he recovers, and in the meantime, we are already planning for a season of Soulful performances in 2020 that will continue to redefine music and how we experience it.”