Arts & Entertainment
& C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts
Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes more than 75 concerts and shows each summer that vary from symphony orchestras and hip-hop dance crews to stand-up comedians and Grammy-winning vocalists. Live concerts and performances are featured throughout the summer in beautiful historic venues such as Hoover Auditorium and Orchestra Hall or outdoors at the Steele Memorial Bandstand and waterfront Pavilion.
Hoover Auditorium, located at 115 W. Third Street, boasts a celebrated history of famed musicians, entertainers and speakers who have graced the stage of this iconic hall since it was built in 1928. The likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Ray Charles, Amy Grant and Three Dog Night have entertained crowds in the 2,600-seat auditorium.
Our summer entertainment series features a broad genre of music, dance, magic, comedy, presenters and more.
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra
From classical music to outstanding soloists, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) fills Hoover Auditorium with amazing rhythm in six summer concerts. The symphony is made up of professional musicians from across the country who gather in our Chautauqua community to perform great music in its purest form. Visit the calendar or see below for concert dates.
The LSO, established in 1963, is one of Lakeside’s most cherished traditions. Under the direction of Music Director & Conductor Daniel Meyer, the symphony brings classical music to guests of all ages presenting six concerts. Also performing will be guest musicians, including cellist Mingyao Zhao, pianist Maxim Lando, violinist Timothy Chooi, the Beo String Quartet, pianist Soyeon Kate Lee and vocalist Meghan Dewald.
We are pleased to welcome the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra for our Sesquicentennial Celebration. All concerts are held in Hoover Auditorium.
THU, July 27 | 7 p.m.
Family Concert ‘Our Amazing Earth’
Features pre-concert youth activities and an instrument petting zoo at 6 p.m.
FRI, July 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Pops Concert ‘Music of the Knights’
A celebration of three of Britain’s most legendary songwriters – Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
WED, Aug. 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert with Maxim Lando, Piano
FRI, Aug. 4 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert with Timothy Chooi, Violin & Beo String Quartet
TUE, Aug. 8 | 8 p.m.
Concert with Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano
FRI, Aug. 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Concert accompanied by Verb Ballets
Supported by the Iva M. Clark Memorial Endowment
Music Director & Conductor
A native of Cleveland, Daniel Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He’s a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony in Greensburg, Pa., and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his engaging presence and keen musical intellect.
Ohio Arts Council
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
C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts
The C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts is located in historic Epworth Lodge at 125 W. Sixth Street on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street. Classes in this large, open studio began in 1999, the result of a generous gift from the Rhein family and their friends in memory of their son, Kirk.
The Rhein Center provides a wide variety of classes in fine arts, crafts, performing arts and special interest classes for students of every age throughout the summer. Select classes and workshops are also offered in the fall, winter and spring.
Hours of Operation
May 27-JUNE 23 & AUG. 5-SEPT. 2, 2023
JUNE 24-AUG. 4, 2023
For more Information, contact Rhein Center Manager Jennifer Wertz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-798-4461, ext. 347 (September-May) or ext. 276 (summer only).
Rhein Center Arts Classes
Rhein Center classes fill up very quickly, so we encourage you to register before you arrive. Except for Open Studio, all Rhein Center classes require registration. Guests also may register by phone or in person at the Rhein Center. During the summer season, call 419-798-4461, ext. 276.