Furman's summer lakeside concert series gets underway

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A tradition since 1968, Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series will kick off Thursday, May 26 in the university’s amphitheater with a "How the West Was Won" performance by the Lakeside Concert Band.

The band, under the direction of Furman’s Leslie W. Hicken, and other ensembles and guests will present a concert every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater (except where noted) through Aug. 4.

The performances are free and open to the public and showcase a cross-section of big band, jazz, international, contemporary, marches and orchestral favorites.


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 Charities, The Woodlands at Furman and Pecknel Music Company.

2016 Music by the Lake at Furman University:

May 26
How the West Was Won
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 2
Kings, Queens, and Royal Things
Carolina Youth Symphony: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 9
Music from Far and Away
Poinsett Wind Symphony:
Leslie W. Hicken and Jay Bocook, directors

June 16
Contemporary Jazz
The Steve Watson Band

June 23 - at McAlister Auditorium
Rhapsody in Blue: Derek Parsons, piano soloist
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

June 30
For Amber Waves of Grain
The Greenville Chorale: Bing Vick, director
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 7
The West End Brass Quintet
featuring musicians of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra

July 14
Bluegrass Night
The Andy Carlson Band

July 21
The Magic Kingdom
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

July 28
An Evening with Henry Mancini
Lakeside Concert Band: Leslie W. Hicken, director

August 4
Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band:
Shannon Hoover and Brad Jepson, directors

(Note — Rain location: McAlister Auditorium. The decision is made at 5:00pm the day of the concert and a recording left on the music office phone 864-294-2086.)

For more information, visit the Furman University website here.


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