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

August 21, 2019

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

August 21, 2019

COLUMBIA, MD – 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 with you 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.  MDTheatreGuide.com 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 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.”

Soulful Symphony has become the benchmark for innovation and diversity. It has broadened the audiences engaging in music in the concert hall, literally redefining the symphony experience all while contributing to the canon of American Roots music. The result is a uniquely American orchestra of national stature. Founded in 2000, Soulful Symphony is transforming music as we know it. This disruptive force is bringing to life the music that’s been nested in America’s soil-everything from gospel to jazz to hip-hop to spiritual to blues and country – literally reinventing the symphony orchestra in America with performances that leave audiences wanting more of its distinctly American sound. 

The Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission is dedicated to the expansion and enhancement of artistic, cultural, civic, and educational programming in and around Merriweather Post Pavilion. Founded in 2013, the Commission is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns Merriweather Post Pavilion and is working to bolster the venue’s cultural significance throughout the region. The Commission envisions Downtown Columbia as a premier destination for world-class, ground-breaking arts, culture, and entertainment in the mid-Atlantic and is bringing this vision to life through bold programs and collaborative partnerships.

Getting Here
Merriweather Post Pavillion is located at 10475 LITTLE PATUXENT PARKWAY COLUMBIA, MD 21044. From Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD, take I-95 (north from DC, south from Baltimore) to Route 32 West towards Columbia.  Exit off Route 32 West onto Route 29 North, following signs to Merriweather Post Pavilion.