Lakeside Chautauqua continues summer entertainment

Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium, one of the cultural hot spots on Lake Erie, hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Daily fun and family entertainment await guests of all ages. Visit for a complete list of the 2014 entertainers.

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium at no extra charge. Guests must present Chautauqua Passes upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19.75 for adults and $13.75 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua. 

To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8.25 per day (shuttle service available). Free, limited parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle service). Please note that seats for Hoover Auditorium performances are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

This week’s Hoover Auditorium entertainment includes:

Saturday, Aug. 9
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert “Music of Judy Garland” featuring Joan Ellison

The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO), under the direction of Robert Cronquist, will present a program in tribute to Judy Garland, featuring soprano Joan Ellison, at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9in Hoover Auditorium.

Ellison, with the ensemble Circa 1939, performs retro-radio-style concerts celebrating classic American popular songs. The evening program will open with the rousing overture “Morning, Noon & Night in Vienna,” a popular 19th century overture by Franz von Suppé. Ellison will then move to Broadway for “Zing, Went the Strings of My Heart” from the movie “Listen Darling” and the popular “You Made Me Love You” from “Broadway Melody of 1938.”

The LSO will present excerpts from “The Wizard of Oz” in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

Sunday, Aug. 10
6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park)
Family Night in the Park: Sarah Goslee Reed Trio

The Sarah Goslee Reed Trio, from Mount Vernon, will provide an evening of folk music at this week’s Family Night in the Park concert.

Growing up, there was always music in the Goslee house. Sarah Goslee’s father played the bassoon, and her mother played the cello and string bass. Based upon her love for 1960s folk music and her knowledge of the violin, Goslee taught herself to play the guitar. She learned to play songs by ear from listening to records.

Throughout her musical career Goslee has written more than six albums, each with a different focus.

Monday, Aug. 11
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (113 Third Street)
Hoover Movie Night

Tuesday, Aug. 12
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (113 Third Street)
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with pianist Gavin George

Gavin George, an 11-year-old piano prodigy, will join Music Director Robert Cronquist and the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as the featured piano soloist for an inspiring evening concert.

George, a native of Granville, Ohio, performed at the 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. and was selected as the winner of the 2012 SAA Piano Concerto Competition.

The LSO program will open with Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 17. This symphony is labeled the “Little Russian” because of its nationalistic folk song themes. 

Drenched in Russian color, the symphony places the composer in the school of Russian Nationalism. The first movement is built on a Slavic theme. The second of the standard four movements is a march that the composer took from his unpublished opera Andine. 

Wednesday, Aug. 13
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (113 Third Street)
Karen Knotts “Tied up in Knotts”

Karen Knotts will perform “Tied Up in Knotts,” a comical one-woman show about growing up with her famous father, Don Knotts, in Hoover Auditorium.

Don starred in the “The Andy Griffith Show” as the bumbling Barney Fife and in “Three's Company” as googly-eyed Mr. Furley. From Morgantown, W. Va., he started as a ventriloquist and finished his career with five Emmy Awards.

When Karen’s father passed away in 2006, she wanted to pay a tribute to her loving dad. In her one-woman show she tries to capture the true essence of her father, “the funniest man and an amazing, loving dad.” The actor-comedian herself remembers visiting the sets of television shows, in which her father starred.

Thursday, Aug. 14
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (113 Third Street)
An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart

Al Stewart, a British pop artist, will perform hits “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” in “An Acoustic Evening with Al Stewart” in Hoover Auditorium.

This singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician rose to fame in 1976 as part of the British folk revival. He was successful in blending folk and rock music while sharing talks about events and history.

Friday, Aug. 15
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (113 Third Street)
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Jinjoo Cho & Ana Kim

The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO), under the direction of Robert Cronquist, will perform with Jinjoo Cho, violin, and Ana Kim, cello, this week.

Cronquist and (LSO) will open the concert with a performance of the “Overture to Mignon” by Ambroise Thomas. The overture opens with Cadenzas in the clarinet, harp and a melodic solo in the French horn. The second part is a faster section, a Polacca.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 B-flat major, op. 60 will also be performed by the LSO. It is a symphony of love.

Written in the standard four movements, the first is joyful, the second defies analysis and is very tender in nature, the third is sometimes a scherzo and in the trio, almost a minuet, and the exuberant finale glistens in the spirit of Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra summer concert series is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in the U.S., Lakeside Chautauqua offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community that provides rest and renewal in addition to hundreds of enlightening and entertaining experiences. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 419-798-4461.

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