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Hoover Auditorium
& C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts

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 St., on the corner of Walnut Ave. and Sixth St. 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 25-JUNE 21 & AUG. 3-31, 2024
JUNE 22-AUG. 2, 2024

For more Information, contact Rhein Center Manager Jennifer Wertz at or (419) 798-4461, ext. 347 (September-May) or ext. 276 (summer only).

Rhein Center Arts Classes

Rhein Center classes fill up fast, so we encourage you to register before you arrive. Except for Open Studio, all Rhein Center classes require registration. Guests may also register by phone or in person at the Rhein Center. During the summer, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 276.

Students under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 15 years old and who must remain with them for the duration of the class.

Open Studio & Drop-in Classes

Open Studio allows you to participate in the fun, creative atmosphere of the Rhein Center without registering for classes. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. on select Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, you can buy an item to paint and decorate or perhaps drop into a class with no registration required.

Students under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 15 years old and who must remain with them for the duration of the class.

Live Entertainment

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. Visit the calendar or see below for show dates. 

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Lakeside Symphony Orchestra

From classical music to outstanding soloists, the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) fills Hoover Auditorium with amazing music in six summer concerts. The LSO is made up of professional musicians from across the country who gather in our Chautauqua community to perform music in its purest form. Visit the calendar or see below for concert dates. 

Established in 1963, the LSO 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. Guest soloists include vocalist Lisa Vroman, pianist Adam Golka, violinist Tai Murray and violinist Isabelle Durrenberger.

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Daniel Meyer
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.

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