WINONA LAKE — Blankets and chairs filled Tabernacle Field in Winona Lake Saturday evening, June 29, many of which were in the shade, as close to 1,000 people of all ages gathered to listen to the Symphony of the Lakes “Salute to America.”
The evening featured guest conductor, Dr. Jason Thompson, associate professor of music at Indiana Wesleyan University; and Emma Scofield, 16, winner of the 2019 Young Artist Competition.
The concert started with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the evening concluded with “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Selections for the evening also included the “Armed Forces Salute,” paying tribute to each of the armed forces. This medley of service songs includes “The Caisson Song” (Army), “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard), “The Marines’ Hymn” (Marine Corps), “The U.S. Air Force Song – Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder” (Air Force), “Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!” (Merchant Marines), and “Anchors Aweigh” (Navy).
Other selections for the evening included: “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from “Appalachian Spring,” “Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo,” “Duke Ellington!” a medley for orchestra, “Oklahoma: Selection for Orchestra,” “National Emblem March,” “The Liberty Bell March,” and “Adventures on Earth,” from “E.T.”
Scofield, who performed just before a 15-minute intermission, played “Cello Concerto, Op.85 “Adagio-Moderato” with the symphony.
The evening concluded with a fireworks display over Winona Lake.