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Furman's summer lakeside concert series begins Thursday

Furman's summer lakeside concert series begins Thursday (Photo courtesy of Furman University.)

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, will begin Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s amphitheater. The series opens with Dance Craze performed by the Lakeside Concert Band.

The Lakeside Concert Band and other ensembles and artists celebrate the Sounds of Summer on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 3, playing a cross-section of Big Band, Jazz, Bluegrass, Latin, Contemporary, Marches, and Orchestral favorites. All concerts are free and open to the public.

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

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, The Woodlands at Furman, Greenville Health System North Greenville Hospital, and Pecknel Music Company.

Learn more about the Summer Concert Series here. For parking information call 864-294-2111. Bus parking is available. Rain location is TBD as McAlister Auditorium is closed for renovation in summer 2017. A complete schedule follows:

2017 Music by the Lake at Furman University:

May 25, Dance Craze; Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 1, Creatures Great and Small; Carolina Youth Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 8, American Made; Poinsett Wind Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors

June 15, Contemporary Jazz: The Steve Watson Band

June 22, Rhapsody in Blue: Derek Parsons, piano soloist; Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 29, Let Freedom Ring: A Patriotic Celebration; The Greenville Chorale: Bing Vick, director; Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 6, The Matt Olson Quintet: Matt Olson, director

July 13, Bluegrass Night: The Andy Carlson Band

July 20, The Luck of the Irish; Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 27, 2017: A Space Odyssey; Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 3, Asheville Jazz Orchestra: David Wilken, director

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