Lakeside concerts: It’s that time of year

lakesidehiresFurman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater with a performance by the Lakeside Concert Band.

Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater (except where noted) through Aug. 7. The performances are free and open to the public and showcase a cross-section of Big Band, Jazz, Bluegrass, International, Contemporary, Marches and Orchestral favorites.

Each Thursday during the series, a concert picnic basket filled with goodies will be given away to a lucky concert goer.

The concerts are made possible by Furman and are sponsored by the Bank of Travelers Rest, George Coleman Ford (Travelers Rest), Greenville Health System North Greenville Hospital, The Greenville News and greenvilleonline.com, Pecknel Music, Publix Super Markets Charities, and The Woodlands at Furman.

Go online to www.furmanmusic.org for more information, or contact the Furman music office at (864) 294-2086. For parking information call (864) 294-2111. Bus parking is available. A link to the complete schedule may be found here. A schedule also follows:

Furman Music by the Lake
Summer Concert Series 2014
Leslie W. Hicken, Director
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Lakeside Amphitheater

May 29: “Sea Songs”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 5: “Lights, Camera, Action”
Carolina Youth Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 12: “The Music of Jay Bocook”
Poinsett Wind Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors
Note: Location will be McAlister Auditorium

June 19: “American Standards”
Upstate Senior Band: Ron Hamilton, director

June 26: “Rhapsody in Blue”
Derek Parsons, piano soloist
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director
Note: Location will be McAlister Auditorium

July 3: “Above the Fruited Plain” Patriotic Celebration
The Greenville Chorale: Bing Vick, director
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 10: The Matt Olson Jazz Quartet
Matt Olson, director

July 17: Bluegrass Night
The Andy Carlson Band
7 p.m. prelude: SC Suzuki Institute Fiddlers, Anna Joiner, director

July 24: “The Phantom of the Opera”
Lisa Barksdale, Bruce Schoonmaker, Grant Knox, vocal soloists
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 31: “The Spies Who Came in from the Cold”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 7: “Come Dance with Me”
The Greenville Jazz Ensemble: John McClimon, director
(Not your Grandfather’s Big Band)