Black History Spotlight

Black History Spotlight: Darin Atwater

Darin Atwater conducting the Soulful Symphony Orchestra.

February 27, 2018

Darin Atwater is considered as one of the foremost music artists of his generation. Atwater is a composer, conductor, pianist, record producer, arranger, film composer, vocalist, and arts advocate. Just as he has performed in many roles throughout his career, Atwater has dabbled in various musical genres, such as gospel and jazz. Having begun playing music on the piano at an early age, by the time he was 12 years old, Atwater was directing his own ensemble. In 2000, Darin Atwater founded Soulful Symphony, an 85-member orchestra with vocals made up of primarily African American and Latino musicians. Soulful Symphony is dedicated to two things: the presentation of symphonic music that represents diverse genres and the preservation of African American cultural expression. Atwater has been engaged with such major orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony and has even performed at the White House. In 2015, Atwater performed for the grand opening of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Ebony magazine named him one of the "30 Leaders of the Future," and the Baltimore Business Journal included him in their exclusive "40 under 40" list. The Chicago Community Chorus is presenting an upcoming concert featuring his work, "A Song in a Strange Land" on April 28, 2018. For more information: