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Greenfield Village's "Salute to America" switches to TV special

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The "Salute to America" tradition at Greenfield Village will go on -- even if it can't go on in person.

With the annual multi-night Independence Day celebration called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Detroit's WDIV (Channel 4) is planning a special at 8 p.m. July 3 to take the place of the live event. "Live in the D" hosts Jason Carr and Tati Amare will preside from Greenfield Village in Dearborn, with performances of pieces such as John Williams' "Liberty Fanfare," Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Replay archive. You can expect some fireworks and cannon footage, too.

A DSO brass quintet has also recorded a new performance especially for the broadcast, with the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus delivering the traditional "Armed Forces Salute" and "The Voice" contestant Beth Griffith-Manley singing "America the Beautiful."

More information at updates at ClickOnDetroit.com, thehenryford.org and dso.org.

The "Salute to America" broadcast is among a number of special summer programs for the DSO, which begins its weekly Summer Sessions Watch Party series on Facebook with a salute to Music Director Emeritus Leonard Slatkin at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25. The orchestra is also planning family-oriented watch parties and other events that will be announced soon.

Web Site: www.thehenryford.org

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