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Music galore in Lakeside this summer

John Benson • Jun 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

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Presidio Brass: “Sounds of the Cinema”

• WHEN: 8:15 p.m. June 18

• WHERE: Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside

• COST: $18/adult, $12.50/youth (ages 12-18), free for kids under 12 (cost includes a Lakeside day pass and concert admission)

• INFO: 419-798-4461 or lakesideohio.com

Carpe Diem String Quartet

• WHEN: 8:15 p.m. June 21

• WHERE: Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside

• COST: $18/adult, $12.50/youth (ages 12-18), free for kids under 12

• INFO: 419-798-4461 or lakesideohio.com

Music galore is the unofficial theme of this year’s Lakeside entertainment schedule, which features not one but two diverse yet equally talented outfits. The first show features Presidio Brass’ “Sounds of the Cinema” June 18 at Hoover Auditorium.

“We are a five-piece brass ensemble that performs largely movie soundtracks music,” said tubist Scott Sutherland, calling from Carlsbad, Calif. “Our show is called ‘Sounds of the Cinema.’ We do a little classical and jazz, and we throw in a little humor. We’ll put on a great show for the people in Lakeside, where we’ve never played before. In fact, I’ve never seen Lake Erie. I really look forward to it.”

Based in Southern California, Presidio Brass has been a dynamic force in American brass chamber music since its inception five years ago. As for “Sounds of Cinema,” Sutherland said the program includes music from “Star Wars,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Fantasia,” “An American in Paris,” “West Side Story” and more.

“We’ve changed over the years,” Sutherland said. “We were a little bit more stuffy in the beginning. We wore tuxedos and sat down with music stands. And now we perform almost entirely from memory, and we have a little more choreography. We’re much more down to earth. In fact, Lakeside asked that we wear our beach outfits, white shirts and jeans. So we’ll be very casual.”

Casual and classical are apt descriptions of Lakeside’s other musical offering, the Carpe Diem String Quartet June 21 at Hoover Auditorium.

“We are a string quartet that plays music from all genres,” said second violinist John Ewing, calling from the foursome’s hometown of Columbus. “We’re not just a classical quartet, although we do classical music. One of the pieces we will be doing is the ‘Montana Fiddle Suite,’ written by our violist Korine Fujiwara. It’s a 30-minute piece, and we typically do that in the second half. It’s based on her roots of growing up in Montana, so it’s kind of a Nashville-sounding fiddle-type of music. It’s got a really good mix of different sounds, and it’s in five movements. It always ends up being a huge success with audiences.”

While the Carpe Diem Quartet also hasn’t played Lakeside in the past, the outfit has played extensively around the Buckeye State. Formerly in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, the group is billed as being one of the most versatile quartets of their generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming, electrifying performances and a passion for audience engagement.

“One of our concerns is trying to bring in all kinds of audiences to hear a string quartet,” Ewing said. “Unfortunately nowadays when you say the term string quartet, a lot of people have the stereotypical type image or concept that they think, ‘Oh, that’s a boring thing where people sit down and slog through a Mozart or a Beethoven quartet for the 147th time.’ So instead we mix the repertoire up. We stand when we play. We’re very active and we’re very different from what people normally think of when they think of a string quartet concert.”

He quickly added, “We have opened a lot of eyes over the years.”

The Presidio Brass’ “Sounds of the Cinema” show takes place at 8:15 p.m. June 18 at Hoover Auditorium, while the Carpe Diem String Quartet performs at 8:15 p.m. June 21 at Hoover Auditorium. Tickets (a Lakeside day pass that includes the concerts) are $18/adults, $12.50/youth (ages 12 through 18) and free for kids under 12. For information, call 419-798-4461 or visit lakesideohio.com.

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