Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs July 4th show at Saluda Shoals Park

A crowd gathered to hear Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s performance. Chris Timmers photos.

Music lovers were treated to an open-air concert by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Wednesday evening at Saluda Shoals Park. The concert was a musical start to the Fourth of July four-day weekend, and featured 14 patriotic songs and marches.

Matters appeared to get off to a rocky start as the humidity, according to one of the concert managers, had shorted out one of the speaker systems. The problem was fixed in about 10 minutes, and the concert opened with the playing of our National Anthem.

Mark Baker, Park director of Saluda Shoals, estimated the number of attendees at about 475 to 500. The concert has been a Fourth of July staple for the last 10 years. An appealing feature of the concert is that it is free. So, aside from a small parking charge ($5), visitors can be treated to an evening of first-rate entertainment for practically nothing.

Of the selections played Wednesday evening, five of the fourteen works were composed by John Phillips Souza, known to many Americans as The March King. The Washington Post March and Stars and Stripes Forever, two of his most popular compositions, were both performed.

According to Regina Trojanowski, President of the LMSO, the orchestra is made up of 40 to 50 musicians at any one time and they are all considered amateurs. Musicians range in age from 18 to 83, and perform six concerts per year. Performances include quarterly concerts at the Harbison Theatre, a Childrens’ Concert at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in June, and the Independence Day concert at Saluda Shoals Park.

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