Lakeside, Ohio – Lakeside will open the 137th Chautauqua summer season Saturday, June 19, with a dedication of the new Steinway concert grand piano and a performance by Steinway artist Richard Glazier.
After 30 years of service, Lakeside has officially retired the Baldwin piano, built in 1934 and a centerpiece of the Hoover experience since the 1970s. The five-year-old Steinway was acquired thanks to the persistence of Lakesider Don Eckert, a professional piano technician who located the piano and negotiated the purchase at a significantly reduced cost.
The purchase of the piano was made possible through the Lakeside Fund, in particular, a generous gift from longtime Lakesiders Dick and Dorothea Hartley, as well as through sponsorships of Steinway piano keys.
The piano will be used for nightly entertainment at Hoover Auditorium, including the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, and for Sunday morning Hoover Worship Services. Nearly 80 sponsors will be honored prior to Glazier’s performance.
Glazier, an accomplished Steinway artist, will perform a program titled “History of the American Popular Song,” a musical tour of the 20th century. Glazier has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance from Indiana State University and a doctorate of musical arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Glazier is considered one of the foremost interpreters of the American popular songbook and is most closely associated with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Glazier has had a passion for Gershwin music since he first heard “Rhapsody in Blue” at age nine. In 1996, in celebration of George and Ira Gershwin’s centennial, he began performing a one-man, multimedia concert program entitled “Gershwin—Remembrance and Discovery.”
In his programs, Glazier combines stories, film clips and piano performances to evoke the golden age of the American popular song and entertains, educates, and inspires his audiences.
“History of the American Popular Song” features the music of Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Kevin Kern and a host of other golden era composers, along with rare film and audio clips and Glazier’s insightful narration. For his performance at Hoover Auditorium, Glazier will incorporate information about the Steinway concert grand piano into his program.
Known as the Chautauqua on Lake Erie, Lakeside is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. One of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside offers a variety of spiritual, educational, cultural arts and recreational opportunities. Located between Cleveland and Toledo on Lake Erie’s south shore, Lakeside 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 www.lakesideohio.com or call 866-952-5374.
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