Founded in 2000 by composer and artistic director Darin Atwater, Soulful Symphony is an assemblage of some of the finest instrumentalist and vocalist committed to the highest artistic values.

Our name comes from the combination of Soulful, which means, “expressing deep feeling,” and Symphony which means “harmony of sounds.” It is both our name and our nature. We use the word symphony loosely, for it is our mission to redefine the traditional symphonic experience. Like a musical Lego set, we expand and contract, pushing the limits of creativity.

In 2004, Soulful Symphony forged an historic joint venture with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, partnering with the organization to bring our 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.

Soulful Symphony serves as a year round producer of programming ranging from well known to adventurous, from large scale to intimate, from formal to informal, from programs for adults to programs for children. Soulful Symphony covers it all for the most complete experience possible, a new sound for a new century.

As a not-for-profit arts organization, Soulful Symphony is dedicated to the preservation of African-American cultural expression and to the presentation of symphonic 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.

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  • Always fresh GN…great coverage of one of the baddest symphonic musical collectives around, Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony. ~b.davis