If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, look no further than Music by the Lake. Nestled against the backdrop of Geneva Lake, this outdoor music series weaves together a tapestry of engaging events and breathtaking natural beauty at George Williams College (GWC) of Aurora University.
“For the past 22 years, it’s been a summer tradition,” says Tom McReynolds, assistant vice president of GWC. “It’s really a part of the social calendar of the lake.”
The season’s kickoff came on June 17 with Linda Eder, who stole the show in Broadway’s “Jekyll & Hyde.” Eder was joined by jazz piano virtuoso Billy Stritch, who served as Liza Minnelli’s musical director and confidant.
Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players visit Music by the Lake June 25. This author of three children’s books brings two decades of experience in an afternoon appearance that’s dedicated to children and their families.
On July 8, welcome award-winning country music icon Martina McBride, who has more than 23 million album sales, 20 Top 10 singles and six chart-topping No. 1 hits.
Then, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra returns on July 16. Conductor David Anderson leads a musical journey from Broadway’s “Chicago” to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” with additional stops in Oklahoma, California and other spots.
Classic rock band The Guess Who takes the stage on July 22. Best known for their 1970 album “American Woman,” the legendary Canadians promise a mix of early hits and newer tunes.
Finally, step back in time with BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band, on July 29. The group’s attention to detail transports audiences back to the musical zenith of Paul, John, George and Ringo.
“It’s a very intimate venue and you get that proximity to the action that you wouldn’t get in a huge arena or theater,” says McReynolds. “And you can’t beat the setting.”
To purchase tickets for Music by the Lake, visit musicbythelake.com or call (262) 245-8501.