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We all deserve a little music in our lives. Darin Atwater, artistic director and founder of the Soulful Symphony, is trying to make that happen where it otherwise might not.

Atwater’s Soulful Symphony, an 85-member orchestra comprised primarily of African American and Latino musicians, works with the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI) to bring music, and general inspiration, to local high school students.

“I am grateful to those who helped me believe in myself and I hope to do the same for kids we will work with. It means a lot,” Atwater said in a press release distributed by HFI.

This spring, with support from HFI, Atwater will direct his vision to students at Lansdowne High School as he and a small group of musicians from Soulful Symphony visit the school monthly to work directly with students, assisting them in developing musical knowledge and appreciation and, on a more general note, life goals.

This Saturday, February 23, 2013, the Soulful Symphony will perform at the Frances-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre at 8pm. If you’ve never heard the symphony, it’s well worth a listen. HFI is sponsoring the concert, whose proceeds will support the Soulful Symphony residency program at Lansdowne High School. In addition to this lucky high school, HFI has served more than 40,000 students in a similar capacity.

Tickets to this one-night-only event can be purchased by clicking here.