MOUNT DORA — From the first time she stayed at the Lakeside Inn, bassoonist Janet Harris dreamed of playing there with her fellow musicians.
With the help of the inn's ownership, she and three other musicians from the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra will begin a summer series of free chamber concerts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14.
Celebrating the French national holiday, Bastille Day, the newly formed Lakeside Chamber Players will honor French music and history in a relaxed, casual atmosphere at the inn's Beauclaire Room.
People can bring in a glass of wine from the bar or purchase a plate of pate and cheese.
The group, which also includes Natasha Vasilieva Maiden on the violin, Charles McGee on the oboe and Jennifer Blahnik Royals on the clarinet, will open with the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise."
Adding to the cabaret feeling will be café songs, such as Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose."
Also familiar will be Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and Charles Trenet's "La Mer."
Harris, who has been organizing the chamber group for several months, said violinist Maiden contributed part of the impetus.
"Natasha once asked me, 'Why do you not have a summer season of the orchestra?'" Harris said. "She put the seed in my brain."
Maiden will break out of the staid image of the classical musician by playing Jules Massenet's "Meditation from Thais" on an electrically amplified violin hooked up to an MP3 player.
"It will be an orchestra in a can," Harris said.
Maiden also will play Niccolo Paganini's "Caprice No. 24" for solo violin.
Modernist composers Darius Milhaud and Erik Satie also will be featured in "Suite d'apres Courrette" and "Gymnop'edie No. 3," respectively.
Painter and courtroom artist Barbara Maxwell will create a piece during the concert. Harris' daughter, Veronica, will dance.
Classical music isn't all the Lakeside Chamber Players have on their minds. On the second Sunday of each month this summer, they will turn their attention to jazz, musical theater and the Great American Songbook.
"We want to make it fun and light, not too serious," Harris said.
They are asking for donations of non-perishable food items in lieu of admission fees.