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Music by the Lake Concert Series Begins May 26

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. The series opens with a performance by the Lakeside Concert Band.

Celebrating the “Sounds of Summer,” the Lakeside Concert Band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater (except where noted) through Aug. 4. The performances are free and open to the public and showcase a cross-section of Big Band, Jazz, International, Contemporary, Marches and Orchestral favorites.

Each Thursday during the series, a concert picnic basket filled with goodies will be given away to a lucky concert goer.

The concerts are made possible by Furman University and are sponsored by the Bank of Travelers Rest, George Coleman Ford (Travelers Rest), The Greenville News, Publix Supermarkets Charities, The Woodlands at Furman and Pecknel Music Company.

Go to for more information, or contact the Furman music office at (864) 294-2086. For parking information call (864) 294-2111. Bus parking is available. A link to the complete schedule may be found here.  A schedule also follows:

Music by the Lake – Furman Summer Concert Series 2016
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Lakeside Amphitheater
Leslie W. Hicken, director

May 26: How the West Was Won
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 2: Kings, Queens, and Royal Things
Carolina Youth Symphony:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 9: Music from Far and Away
Poinsett Wind Symphony:  Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors

June 16: Contemporary Jazz:  The Steve Watson Band

June 23: Rhapsody in Blue
McAlister Auditorium
Derek Parsons, piano soloist
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 30: Patriotic Celebration: For Amber Waves of Grain
The Greenville Chorale:  Bingham Vick, director
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 7: The West End Brass Quintet
Featuring members of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra

July 14: Bluegrass Night:  The Andy Carlson Band

July 21: The Magic Kingdom
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 28: An Evening with Henry Mancini
Lakeside Concert Band:  Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 4: Greenville Jazz Collective
Big Band
Shannon Hoover and Brad Jepson, directors

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