This season, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is honoring the legacy of the Stonewall Riots. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the riots in June 2019, our concert series will celebrate, in reverse chronological order, the landmark events that have shaped the LGBTQA community since Stonewall. Nearly a dozen ensembles will present 6 concerts this season, celebrating marriage equality, LGBTQA veterans, AIDS activists, New York City as the spark of the modern equality movement, and the influence of the Latinx community. The season will culminate with an inspiring and entertaining retrospective of the riots themselves, featuring performances of first-hand accounts from those who had the courage to stand up and fight that week in June 1969.


Love and Marriage

October 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jazz Orchestra Performance

Save the date! Lakeside Pride is celebrating the joys of wedded bliss for people of all genders and you’re invited. “Love and Marriage” features musical nuptial favorites performed by the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra, Strayhorns Jazz Combo, and the Wilde Cabaret. Whether you’re married, single or just love weddings, bring your handkerchiefs and dancing shoes.

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

November 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Symphonic Band Performance

From 1993-2011, the U.S. government kept gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers in the closet with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band celebrates the soldiers and veterans who have served openly and proudly since 2011 by performing military-themed band repertoire, with select compositions by gay and lesbian composers. For those who have served this country and those who simply love a parade, “WE WANT YOU!”

DePaul School of Music’s Holtschneider Performance Center
2330 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

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Pay It No Mind

January 26, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chamber Ensembles Performance

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Lakeside Pride Chamber Ensembles present an afternoon of music in honor of Marsha P. “Pay It No Mind” Johnson. Marsha was the trans woman who threw the first brick at the riots in 1969. In celebration of her contributions to the community, this concert is in her honor. Lakeside Pride will also be joined by ResonaTe, Chicago’s transgender choir. Join us for performances of music written or arranged by people of color and transgender/genderqueer individuals.

May Chapel – Rosehill Cemetery
5800 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

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New York, New York

April 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Symphonic Band Performance

Start spreadin’ the news, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band celebrates “The Big Apple.” Featuring music composed about and in the city, this concert celebrates the diversity and heritage of New York. From George Gershwin to Lin Manuel Miranda, plus many LGBTQA composers, this concert will melt away your little town blues. So, make a brand new start of with Lakeside Pride.

DePaul School of Music’s Holtschneider Performance Center
2330 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

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Fiesta de Baile

May 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Latin Band Performance

Starting with the very first night of the Stonewall Riots, the Latinx population has been a part of the LGBTQA rights movement. This Cinco de Mayo, the Lakeside Pride Latin Band honors the close relationship between these communities with a red-hot setlist of music. Celebrate with us!

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613

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Stonewall: Love and Liberation

June 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jazz Orchestra Performance

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra reflects on this momentous occasion with an exploration of the immediate lead-up to the riots as recorded in the first-hand accounts of the people who were there. Come and take a step back in time to understand the world of the Stonewall Inn, experience its beautiful community, and celebrate the birth of Pride.

Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613

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About Lakeside Pride

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Home to three major ensembles – Jazz Orchestra, Marching Band, and Symphonic Band – plus over a dozen chamber ensembles, the organization offers a diverse musical experience for both its audience and members.

About ResonaTe

ResonaTe, Chicago’s transgender choir, provides a safe, engaging and creative environment for trans singers to develop confidence and community through vocal education. ResonaTe hosts and teaches choral groups for trans singers. We strive to create a welcoming place to give members the opportunity to meet and support each other while using music as a joyful opportunity for self-expression through the transition process. Choirs are directed by experienced choral conductors and guided by the ResonaTe team of voice specialists.