Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Luke Ratcliffe, piano
Under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Daniel Meyer, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will perform its fourth concert of the summer at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in Hoover Auditorium. Please note special time.
The LSO, established in 1963, is a celebrated tradition at Lakeside and a key component of our arts programming. More than 80 musicians from across the country are members of the symphony, many of whom have devoted years of service to Lakeside.
This summer brings a series of LSO performances for all ages, seven to be exact, with extraordinarily talented guest artists and new opportunities for audiences to share the love of music and the symphony. There will also be an LSO Brass Quintet Family Concert on Thursday, Aug. 4 and Pre-Concert Lectures on Aug. 2, 9 and 12.
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Tuesday, Aug. 2, features pianist Luke Ratcliffe. The Pre-Concert Lecture with Destinee Siebe, Musicologist and Bassoonist, takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room.
A Shropshire Lad; Rhapsody for Orchestra – Butterworth
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26: I. Andante – Allegro, II. Andantino, III. Allegro ma non troppo with Luke Ratcliffe, piano – Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82: I. Tempo molto moderato; Allegro moderato – Presto, II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto, III. Allegro molto; Misterioso – Sibelius
Acclaimed pianist and composer Luke Ratcliffe has appeared as a soloist nationally and internationally, giving diverse solo recitals and performing as a frequent chamber musician in concert series across the United States. A Virginia native, he began his musical studies at age 13 when he discovered his great love for music. After high school, Ratcliffe attended The Juilliard School in New York City. During his time in New York, he was a Fellow in the Gluck Foundation, an association which seeks to integrate the arts into the web of social life, giving benefit concerts and raising money for hospitals, schools, and city programs.
He has played in Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Strathmore Hall, The Banff Music Center in Calgary, among others. Recently, Steinway & Sons invited Ratcliffe to play a concert at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, after which the new Spirio piano was revealed.
Additionally, Ratcliffe is a National YoungArts Alumnus, a foundation which seeks to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. He has taken part and won prizes in a variety of national and international competitions and is also a past guest artist of the Franz Liszt Society. He continued his education, earning his master’s degree from George Mason University, where he notably gave lecture recitals on wide-ranging topics as well as concerto performances after winning the university’s competition.
Ratcliffe is currently a doctoral student at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Judson Artist-in-Residence and is studying with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. As a composer, Ratcliffe began writing music at Juilliard, and in the 2017 season, he was commissioned to score Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Arthur Kopit’s play “Chamber Music”, which premiered in Brooklyn as an off-Broadway show through the fall of 2017. Ratcliffe regularly works with other composers and gives premieres of new music.
Arts programming at Lakeside Chautauqua is supported by the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council is funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. oac.ohio.gov