Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hear 85-member Soulful Symphony Ensemble with Darin Atwater in YouTube video (6:15)

[Darin Atwater]

On Jan. 4, 2008 AfriClassical posted: “Darin Atwater, Soulful Symphony & Baltimore Symphony: 22nd Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD.com tells us of this performance by the ensemble which can be sampled in a YouTube video (6:15):

“Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater features an acclaimed African-American orchestra's genre-defying original compositions and arrangements of popular tunes. The 85-member Soulful Symphony ensemble, led by founder and artistic director Darin Atwater, performs 'Song in a Strange Land,' Atwater's powerful anthem to the African-American spirit. Recorded in high-definition, the program delivers an exciting concert experience - from soothing strings to the power of the gospel choir, and from blazing brass to the pulse and fire of a rhythm section. Atwater - a composer, conductor and pianist - is regarded as one of the leading artists of his generation. His skills in classical, jazz and sacred music have earned him a distinguished international reputation and his innovative compositions and arrangements of classical music serve to reach a broader, more diverse audience.”

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