WINONA LAKE — Symphony of the Lakes kicks off its 2016-17 season, “Colors of the Symphony,” with its opening concert “Music That Moves You” on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in Winona Heritage Room. The concert will open with the “Academic Festival Overture” by Johannes Brahms, Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 5 “The Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, and a special salute to Cole Porter in honor of Indiana’s bicentennial year.
Born in 1891 in Peru, Indiana, Cole Porter gained fame as a major songwriter on Broadway in the 20s and 30s, eventually achieving his greatest success with 1948’s “Kiss Me, Kate.” In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, as well as one of the state’s great contributors to music and theatre, the Symphony of the Lakes will perform music from “Anything Goes” and Kiss Me, Kate.”
The organization also announced the winners of its most recent auditions to become members of the Symphony of the Lakes: Shana Brath (1st Violin) of Warsaw, Mariah Woolley (2nd Violin) of Syracuse, Sean Diller (Viola) of Elkhart, Rod Sroufe (Double Bass) of Van Wert, Ohio, Diane Martin-Ratliff (Flute/Piccolo) of Warsaw, Josh Ganger (Principal Trumpet) of Bristol, Ind., Barry Frisinger (2nd Trumpet) of Rochester, Micah Detweiler (Percussion) of Goshen, Ben Meulink (Percussion) of Warsaw, and David Husby (Bassoon) of Minnesota.
Next in the season is the holiday concert, “A Christmas Cabaret,” featuring famous Chicago-based cabaret artists Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael, on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in Winona Heritage Room.
As one of cabaret’s most in-demand duos, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael’s imaginative twists on jazz favorites, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes, and film gems have won them audience and critical acclaim across the country and around the world.
Hailed by Cabaret Scenes Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Cabaret Acts,” Menzie & Michael have appeared on some of the country’s most prestigious stages, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Their latest CD, “Better Two-gether,” was hailed by critics as “magic,” “sensational,” and “…the year’s best recording.”
Tickets to the concert are available for purchase online, over the phone at (574) 267-8041, and in person at the box office.