Symphony at Sunset

June 3, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Eisenhower Presidential Library
200 S E 4th St
Abilene, KS 67410
Samantha Kenner
This year’s concert pays tribute to the Chisholm Trail 150th Celebration and features renowned country fiddler Mike Ito.


ABILENE, Kan. –  Symphony at Sunset 2017 presents a heartwarming patriotic concert June 3 at 8:30 p.m. with the Salina Symphony and special guest artist, Mike Ito performing on the steps of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The annual concert commemorates D-Day and honors all veterans.

Come early to enjoy the multitude of festivities, starting at 4 p.m.:

  • Fort Riley Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard
  • Best of the West Pop-Up Museum
  • Kid’s Activities for all ages
  • Food and Beverage Vendors


  • 5:30 p.m. – Everyday Lights, a local band favorite
  • 5:30 p.m. – KWU Cello & Violin Camp Recital (Visitors Center Auditorium)
  • 7:00 p.m. – 1st Infantry Division Band
  • 8:30 p.m. – Salina Symphony headlines the event just as the sun sets 

In addition to honoring veterans with a number of patriotic songs, the Symphony will pay tribute to the Chisholm Trail 150th Celebration featuring fiddler Mike Ito as the guest artist. Ito recently retired from the Baldknobbers show in Branson after 46 years in the country and western music field. He has played with many country music legends including Buck Owens, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty and Waylon Jennings.   


This is a “pay what you can” event. Bring your lawn chairs. Rain location is the Abilene High School Auditorium. The event is generously sponsored by Marshall Motors and your donations.


A charter bus is available from Salina to the event. The bus departs Central High School south parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and returns following the concert. Reserved folding chair seating is provided for bus travelers. Cost is $30, with reservations on a first come basis. Call the Symphony office at 785.823.8309 by May 31.  


About the Salina Symphony


The Salina Symphony is a regional orchestra dedicated to enriching lives through artistic music performance and education. Conducted by Maestro Ken Hakoda, the Symphony is one of the premiere musical ensembles of North Central Kansas. For more information, contact Adrienne Allen at 785.823.8309 or visit


About the Eisenhower Presidential Library


The Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, please visit