AKRON -- Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the powerful voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir in a celebration as it presents Gospel Meets Symphony on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

"This is music that you can feel because, at its core, gospel music is good music," according to Jennifer Mekel Jones, Gospel Meets Symphony Choir Master. "At its foundation, Gospel Meets Symphony produces something that is larger than life as the orchestra and choir make magic happen on the stage.

"If you don't leave this performance with a smile on your face then we have not done our job."

The evening will feature eight new songs and performances from some of the area's best musicians and vocalists, all working together in a concert that is an Akron tradition unlike any other.

"The people that will be performing are your neighbors, friends and co-workers and that is what makes this performance so different," Jones said. "This concert is all about community, and everything you see and hear is homegrown as the almost 200 volunteer vocalists come from our local churches. This concert is always something new, it is always something fresh and it is always homegrown."

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will be led by Music Director Christopher Wilkins.

Single tickets for Gospel Meets Symphony are $20 to $55. Visit akronsymphony.org or call 330-535-8131 for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.