Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Thomas Mesa, Cello
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO), under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Daniel Meyer, continues its summer concert series with a performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 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 Pre-Concert Lectures on Aug. 9 and 12.
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Tuesday, Aug. 9 features cellist Thomas Mesa. The Pre-Concert Lecture with Destinee Siebe, Musicologist and Bassoonist, takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the Fountain Inn Aigler Room.
Along The Western Shore – Warren, Elinor Remick
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor: I. Allegro non troppo, II. Allegretto con moto, III. Allegro non troppo with Thomas Mesa, cello – Saint-Saëns
Ma Vlast (My Fatherland): Vysehrad (The High Castle), Vltava (The Moldau), Sarka (Warrior Maiden) – Smetana
Thomas Mesa, a Cuban American cellist, has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. He was the winner of the $50,000 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and the Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions. He has appeared as soloist at the Supreme Court of the United States on three occasions and with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights in the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 seasons include curating and performing as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, soloist with Sphinx Virtuosi touring at major venues across the United States with Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for solo cello and orchestra, Andrea Casarrubios’s SEVEN for solo cello, and a 30-venue recital tour with duo partner and pianist, Ilya Yakushev. These tours will include places such as Carnegie Hall, the MET Museum, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Colburn School of Music, Kohler Foundation, and many more.
As a recording artist, Mesa will be releasing two albums of new music for solo cello and cello/piano. The first is called Division of Memory that was released October 2021. The second is a duo album with Michelle Cann, piano soloist and faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music. Mesa was the featured cover story on Strings Magazine, September/October 2020. He holds the position of cello professor at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (SUNY).
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