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LSO Family Concert “Our Amazing Earth”

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Under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Daniel Meyer, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) opens its 60th Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27 in Hoover Auditorium with a Family Concert.

The concert, titled “Our Amazing Earth,” celebrates Earth’s natural resources through orchestral music. Local science educator Matt Kovach joins the show to share information about resources found on the Lake Erie shore. Families can expect to hear classics like “This Land is Your Land” and the main theme from the movie “Jurassic Park.”

Pre-Concert Activities

Prior to the performance at 6 p.m., take part in music-themed games, art projects, a group mural, a music video station and an instrument petting zoo to learn more about the sounds of the symphony. Activities will be centered around interactivity, exploring the members of the orchestra and preparing families for the orchestra concert.

This opening night concert is the perfect family experience to introduce children of all ages to the LSO. Learn about the instruments, their families and how they all work together to make amazing music. The featured soloist is Mingyao Zhao, cello.  

Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

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 with extraordinarily talented guest artists and new opportunities for audiences to share their love of music and the symphony. 


Excerpts from:

Debussy             La Mer
                           III. Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea

Hovhanness      Symphony No. 50 ‘Mt. St. Helens’
                           IV. Volcano

Mendelssohn    Midsummer Night’s Dream
                           IV. Intermezzo

Purse, Lynn       Watershed
                           III. Cascade and Meander
                           Mingyao Zhao, cello

Rautavaara        Cantus Arcticus
I. The bog

Prokofiev          Symphony No. 5
                          II. Allegro marcato

Guthrie             This Land is Your Land
arr. Ployhar

Williams           Main Theme (from “Jurassic Park”)
arr. Custer

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Arts programming at Lakeside Chautauqua is supported by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). 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.

Soloist: Mingyao Zhao

Mingyao Zhao, cello, has performed extensively as a soloist and recitalist in China, the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Poland. In 2018, she performed with superstar violinist Vadim Gluzman at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, where she also received the Arkady Fomin Young Artist Award. Zhao was awarded the bronze medal at the IX Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition and won the Cleveland Institute of Music concerto competition. She has also been the recipient of the Aldo Parisot Award, the silver medal at the Texas Young Artist Music Competition, and first prize winner in the Haydn Competition at CelloFest in Fort Worth, Texas.


Music Director & Conductor: Daniel Meyer

Daniel Meyer was named Music Director of the Lakeside Director of the LSO in 2019. As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.

In addition to collaborating with world-renowned soloists such as Marc-André Hamelin, Sharon Isbin, Gil Shaham, Jeremy Denk, Daniil Trifonov, Midori and Emanuel Ax, Meyer has commissioned new works by Michael Torke, Vivian Fung, Richard Danielpour and Zhou Tian. Meyer recorded the music of Hanson, Diamond and Daugherty for the Bavarian Radio with the Bamberger Symphoniker, and his recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt and the Nuremberg Symphony in Germany. In his role as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University, Meyer embarked on a recording project of the concertos of American composer Lynn Purse.

In recent seasons he conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, Toledo and Knoxville Symphonies. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra. Meyer’s summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.

Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was named Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. A native of Cleveland, Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and was awarded the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University in 2016.

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Jul 27, 2023


7:00 pm


Hoover Auditorium
Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA


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