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Check out the Lakeside Summer Concert Series

Last updated May 29, 2015

By Tina Underwood

lakesidehiresFurman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, opened Thursday, May 28, 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. 6. The performances are free and open to the public and showcase a cross-section of Big Band, Jazz, 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 University and are sponsored by the Bank of Travelers Rest, George Coleman Ford (Travelers Rest), Greenville Health System North Greenville Hospital, The Greenville News and, Pecknel Music, Publix Supermarket, and The Woodlands at Furman.

Go to 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:

Music by the Lake – Furman Summer Concert Series 2015
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Lakeside Amphitheater
Leslie W. Hicken, director

May 28:  An Evening with Henry Mancini
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 4:  Pirates by the Lakeside
Carolina Youth Symphony:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 11:  The Music of John Williams
Poinsett Wind Symphony:  Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors

June 18:  Jazz Night
Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band: Shannon Hoover and Brad Jepson, directors

June 25: Rhapsody in Blue: Derek Parsons, piano soloist
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director  [McAlister Auditorium]

July 2:  From Sea to Shining Sea: Patriotic Celebration
The Greenville Chorale:  Bing Vick, director
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 9:  Swing It
Swing Shift Combo:  John Hoppe, director

July 16:  Bluegrass Night: The Andy Carlson Band

July 23:  All You Need is Love – The Music of The Beatles
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 30:  Broadway Tonight
Lisa Barksdale, Bruce Schoonmaker, Grant Knox, vocal soloists
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 6:  Come Dance With Me
Asheville Jazz Orchestra:  David Wilken, director

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