ASO to celebrate with Gospel Meets Symphony on February 23

The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Christopher Wilkins will be joined by the inspirational voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir to present Gospel Meets Symphony on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert – one of Northeast Ohio’s proudest and most enduring musical traditions – will feature the Orchestra as well as a variety of inspirational songs performed by some of the area’s best musicians and vocalists. In addition, 181 people from 77 area churches will make up the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir.

That collaboration of musical styles is what makes the event such a unique experience, according to Jennifer Mekel Jones, choir director.

“(Gospel Meets Symphony) has always been a wonderful way to highlight what happens in Akron. And how we all have the ability to work together and come together and to embrace not only our similarities, but also our differences, and be able to celebrate them,” Jones said in a 2018 interview with the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s always been at the heart of what GMS represents, and that’s something that is timeless.”

Tickets for Gospel Meets Symphony start at just $25 and are available online at or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.

The performance will take place at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, which is located at 198 Hill Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Meets Symphony on February 23

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