The Hippodrome Foundation recently announced the world premiere performance of acclaimed composer and conductor Darin Atwater’s latest original work, So Many
Stars – a Concerto for Soulful Symphony, 8 p.m., May 3 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre.

Atwater references the famous Concerto for Orchestra by Bela Bartok as a framework for his latest composition, while using the signature themes that run throughout his symphonies to make this a truly American work. This is the largest piece Atwater has composed since partnering with the Hippodrome Foundation, the non-profit partner of the Hippodrome Theatre, in 2010, making Soulful Symphony the first resident ensemble at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Atwater’s growing library of symphonic orchestrations continues to garner national attention; Creative Artists Agency (CAA) the world’s largest talent agency, has just announced they will be representing Atwater.

The concert will feature a special guest appearance by singer Ruben Studdard, who released his sixth studio album, “Unconditional Love” earlier this year. Studdard, a longtime admirer of Atwater’s work says, “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Soulful Symphony. It is every singer’s dream to have the opportunity to sing with a symphony orchestra.”

Some of Baltimore’s rising stars will also have a chance to shine during the concert. Students from Lansdowne High School chorus will perform songs they having been working on under the guidance of Soulful Symphony musicians
throughout the school year. Atwater and Soulful Symphony musicians have worked directly with HFI to help Baltimore students develop musical knowledge and appreciation as well as life goals through HFI’s Hipp Artist in Residence
Program. HFI’s Hipp Artist in Residence Program is one of the foundation’s signature programs, along with Camp Hippodrome, and regular master classes.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit HFI’s education and outreach programs.
Individual concert tickets range from $25 to $250 and can be purchased at (410-547-SEAT) or at the Hippodrome Box Office 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Groups of 10 or more people can save 20 percent by calling 443-703-2401.