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Lakeside Concert Series celebrates 50th anniversary

Furman Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series has delighted Greenville audiences for 50 years.

Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer. A Greenville tradition since 1968, the series begins Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. Opening the 11-concert series for this golden anniversary is “The Kings of Swing” performed by the Lakeside Concert Band.

The Lakeside Concert Band and other ensembles and artists celebrate the Sounds of Summer Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 2. Relax on the grounds of the spacious amphitheater by the Furman lake and enjoy a cross-section of Big Band, jazz, bluegrass, contemporary, marches and orchestral favorites. Thanks to generous local sponsors, all concerts are free and open to the public.

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

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, Greenville Health System, and Pecknel Music.

Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here, or contact the Furman music office at 864-294-2086. For parking information, call 864-294-2111. Bus parking is available. A complete schedule follows:

Music by the Lake – Furman Summer Concert Series 2018
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
May 24-Aug. 2
Cost: Free!
Lakeside Amphitheater

May 24 “The Kings of Swing”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

May 31 “Circus Days”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 7 “The Lights on Broadway”
Carolina Youth Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 14 Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble: Tom Wright, director

June 21 “For New York”
“Rhapsody in Blue”
Poinsett Wind Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors
Derek Parsons, piano soloist

June 28 “Let Freedom Ring: A Patriotic Celebration”
The Greenville Chorale: Bing Vick, director
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 5 The Matt Olson Quintet: Matt Olson, director

July 12 Bluegrass Night: The Andy Carlson Band

July 19 “Valentine’s Day in July”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 26 “Lakeside 50th Golden Anniversary”
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 2 Contemporary Jazz: The Steve Watson Band (Concert venue: McAlister Auditorium)

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