Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager
Everyone here at Lakeside Chautauqua is looking forward to the 2015 Chautauqua summer season as much as you are. So much so, that we’re giving you an inside look at the exciting events happening in each pillar over the next few weeks on our blog.
Each summer, Lakeside offers arts and entertainment opportunities for the entire family to enjoy, whether it’s viewing a family movie in Orchestra Hall, participating in an art class at the Rhein Center or attending a puppet show. The possibilities are endless when taking part in the Lakeside Chautauqua experience.
This summer, in the Arts pillar, Lakesiders can expect another star-studded line-up of talented musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and more.
Hoover Auditorium will open the summer season with the return of “Let’s Hang On!” Frankie Valli Tribute Show performing over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23. The following night, Jack Hanna “Into the Wild – Live” will bring a family adventure to Lakesiders, featuring a variety of wildlife and animals.
New this year is the addition of Chautauqua programming during the last weekend of May. On Saturday, May 30, the 1970s band Ambrosia will rock the Hoover stage with hits “How Much I Feel,” “Biggest Part Of Me” and “You’re The Only Woman.”
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. will open the 142nd Chautauqua season with some of the greatest hits of The 5th Dimension, as well as their popular duets, including“You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” and “Your Love.”
Back by popular demand, the Golden Dragon Acrobats will combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and theatrical techniques in a program that will excite all ages on Friday, July 10.
Lakeside is pleased to welcome Taylor Dayne to the Hoover Auditorium stage on Saturday, July 11. This Grammy-nominated pop star will perform some of her most famous singles, including “Tell It To My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love” for Lakesiders.
During the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival weekend, the most awarded female vocalist in Christian music history, Sandi Patty, will share the stage with members of her talented family on Friday, July 17.
On Saturday, July 18, the legendary 1980s band, Three Dog Night, will rock the Hoover stage with their chart-topping hits “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “One” and many more.
Preforming for the first time in Lakeside, five-time Grammy Award-winning Christian pop/rock singer, Steven Curtis Chapman, will perform “His Eyes,” “Cinderella” and “Glorious Unfolding” on Saturday, July 25.
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will begin its eight-concert residency in Lakeside on Wednesday, July 29 and conclude on Friday, Aug. 21. The symphony will perform a variety of concerts highlighting “An Evening in Old Vienna,” World War II and more. They will also feature Pointe of Departure Ballet, Grammy Award-winning pianist Angelin Chang and violinist Michael Ferri in their performances. This year also celebrates Music Director Robert Cronquist’s 45th year with the LSO.
On Friday, July 31, Anson Williams and Donny Most, best known from their roles as Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph from America’s hit television series, “Happy Days,” will discuss heartwarming and funny stories from their time on television.
The final weeks of the summer season at Lakeside features shows with talented stars such as Tim Hawkins on Saturday, Aug. 8, Little River Band on Saturday, Aug. 15 and “Summer Serenade” with Jim Brickman & Pavlo on Saturday, Aug. 22.
The Motortown All-Stars, a mix of all-star vocalists from former legendary groups, will perform soulful favorites over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 5. Their show is jam-packed with choreography and harmonies, capturing the true sounds of Motown.
Some other returning musical highlights this summer include, Central Ohio Brass Band, Doktor Kaboom! “Live Wire! The Electricity Tour,” Wally & the Beavs, The Good Lovelies, OSU Alumni Band and The Willis Clan.
With a superstar- packed summer of entertainers visiting Lakeside this year, who are you looking forward to seeing most? What activities are your favorites to participate in under the Arts pillar? What activities do you enjoy doing as a family? Tell us in the comments below.