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The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, established in 1963, is one of Lakeside's most cherished traditions, bringing classic musical renditions to the Chautauqua community. The symphony performs several concerts during its month-long residency. Concerts begin at 8:15 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium and are conducted by Music Director Robert Cronquist.

2017 Summer Concert Series

Dates Programs
July 28 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Concert & Reception
August 2 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert “Beethoven’s Wig”
August 5 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Pointe of Departure Ballet
- supported by the Iva M. Clark Endowment
August 8 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with cellist Kim Cook
August 11 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert “Classics of the American Songbook” with the Michael Shirtz Quartet
August 15 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Concert with Violinist Michael Ferri
August 18 Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Closing Night Concert with Pianist Nada

Music Director

This year marks the 47th year for Music Director Robert Cronquist. At Lakeside, Cronquist has inspired outstanding artists to appear with the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra including Metropolitan Opera stars Jerome Hines, Frank Guarrera and Patrice Munsel; well-known Cleveland artists Eunice Podis, Jean Geis, Clive Lythgoe and Joela Jones; and international celebrities "Doc" Severinsen, Ferrante and Teicher, Florian ZaBach, Carlos Montoya and George Shearing.

In addition to conducting the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Cronquist completed his 19th season directing the historic Cleveland Women's Orchestra, in which he expanded the orchestra's concert season and established an endowment to ensure the future of this unique ensemble. Cronquist also conducted the Mansfield Symphony for 22 years where he brought many world famous artists to perform with the symphony before becoming the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Music Director.

Symphony Pre-Concert Talks

Lakeside hosts several Symphony Pre-Concert Talks during the month of August. Enjoy informative lectures prior to select Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts to understand composer intentions and preview abbreviate sections of the music.

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Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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