The Firelands Symphony Orchestra brings live music concerts back to the area’s outdoor venues with its Around Town Tour beginning Sunday, May 16 with performances by small ensembles. Due to generous grant funding from the Erie County Community Foundation and the Huron Playhouse Fund for the Arts, all concerts are open to the public with freewill donations accepted.
The first two concerts are slated in May at Lakeside Chautauqua’s Steele Memorial Bandstand for their pre-season offerings. The North Coast Winds Quintet opens the series on Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. with a high-octane trip through time and space, culture and place.
Comprised of several FSO musicians, including principal flutist Kimberly Zaleski, Arleigh Savage (bassoon), and Adrian Gonzalez (oboe) along with Ben Chen (clarinet) and Emily Shelley (horn), their program begins with American-powerhouse composer Valerie Coleman.
On Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. the Cleveland Bassoon Quartet takes the stage with a collective of the area’s professional bassoonists including Mackenzie Brauns, Arleigh Savage, Marisa Esposito and Ian Morin. Listeners will get to enjoy the beautiful blend of four of these unique instruments in arrangements of great classical repertoire like Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, fun familiar tunes including a medley of princess songs from Disney Movies, and laughs to go around as they play to the bassoon’s nature for humor in a medley of Lady Gaga’s greatest hits and other surprise tunes to be revealed at the concert.