The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, established in 1963, is one of Lakeside’s most cherished traditions. Bringing classical music to guests of all ages, the orchestra performs seven concerts during its month-long residency. This summer, we’re excited to welcome several guest conductors to the stage. Join us at 8:15 p.m. in Hoover Auditorium for this unique summer concert series. Download the 2018 LSO Summer Concert Series Program.

Lakeside Welcomes Guest Conductors

To celebrate the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra's (LSO) 55th season, we welcome six top-notch guest conductors, five of whom are applying to be the next Conductor and Music Director of the LSO. With extensive experience from around the world, the conductors will collaborate with the orchestra's 75 talented musicians and guest soloists to bring new excitement and artistry to Lakeside.

We Value Your Feedback

As we embark on a national-level search for a future Conductor and Music Director, we're launching an e-survey to collect feedback about your LSO concert experience this summer.

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We also invite you to join us at our 'Meet the Conductor' Forums throughout the summer. Lakeside staff and key orchestra members will be gathering feedback on all candidates both at these forums (see below) and following each concert to assist in the evaluation process for a future Conductor and Music Director.

2018 Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, July 25
John Gordon Ross, guest conductor
To open its 55th season, the orchestra will present a special concert with a reception will be held immediately following to meet the musicians. John Gordon Ross is serving as Interim Music Director of the orchestra this season. He has been the 2nd Trombonist since 1978.

Friday, July 27
Max Rabinovitsj, guest conductor
This concert is being presented in memory of Neil Glaser, a renowned Lakesider who recently passed away. We are honored to remember him and his many contributions with this concert. Max Rabinovitsj currently is the Artistic Director of the Naples Orchestra & Chorus and participates in many chamber music concerts.

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Matthew Kraemer, guest conductor
Matthew Kraemer was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in 2015. He also serves as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony and recently completed his fifth and final season as Music Director of the Erie Chamber Orchestra.

Saturday, Aug. 4
John Gordon Ross, guest conductor
Supported by the Iva M. Clark Endowment
Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic shows through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director, and Richard Dickinson, Associate Director, the company will present a show that ignites passion with the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance.

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Daniel Meyer, guest conductor

As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated orchestras with his innovative programs and engaging presence. This past year, he returned to the Rochester Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and debuted with Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra.

Friday, Aug. 10
Bruce Anthony Kiesling, guest conductor

Active in a wide variety of music, Bruce Anthony Kiesling has a national profile as a conductor and music educator from coast to coast. His current Music Director positions include the Adrian Symphony in Michigan and the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra in California.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
Michael Chertock, guest conductor
Michael Chertock is the Music Director of the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony and is Chair of the Piano Department at the College-Conservatory of Music. He also serves as the organist at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Ohio.

Additional LSO Events

Symphony Pre-Concert Talks

Lakeside hosts several Symphony Pre-Concert Talks during July and August. Each talk gives the audience an opportunity to learn more about the evening’s Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concert music, composers and guest conductor.

Meet the Conductor Forums

Join fellow Lakesiders for an informal conversation with each of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra’s guest conductors this season.

All of these talented musicians are being considered for the Music Director & Conductor position beginning with the 2019 season.

Lakeside staff and key orchestra members will be gathering feedback on all the candidates throughout the symphony season, both at these forums and following each concert, to assist in the evaluation process.

All forums will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Chautauqua Hall, unless otherwise noted.


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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