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  1. Singer Songwriter Session with Michael McArthur

    September 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  2. Masterworks 1: New World Symphony

    October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Inspiration for Generations


Since 1965, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra has been educating, entertaining and inspiring central Florida audiences. What began as a group of 30 passionate volunteer musicians has grown to a paid, per-service orchestra serving Polk County and neighboring communities.

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News from the ISO
  • A Year in Review:

    A Year in Review:

    This season, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra celebrated 50 years of music, education, entertainment, and inspiration. Last week, the ISO completed the fiscal year with the annual meeting held at the Terrace Hotel. Here are some highlights from the ISO’s 50th Season–stay tuned for even more exciting opportunities in the 2016-2017 Season! The Imperial Symphony Orchestra introduced a new […] Read More »
  • Meet the Intern: Brigid Pettit

    Meet the Intern: Brigid Pettit

    Hello! My name is Brigid Pettit and I am very excited to be interning with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra this summer! Originally from Grottoes, Virginia, I am a 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech, where I studied both Religion and Culture and writing in my undergraduate courses. I will be returning to Virginia Tech to complete my […] Read More »
  • Cookie Concert Brings Magical Music to 500 Children & Family Members

    Cookie Concert Brings Magical Music to 500 Children & Family Members

    On May 1, 500 kids and family members came to Florida Southern College for the ISO’s annual Cookie Concert sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Before the concert, (a href=”http://www.lakelandelectric.com” target=”blank”>Lakeland Electric presented some fun activities including touch and try instruments in the instrument petting zoo, story time, coloring and a soundwave demonstration! Then, […] Read More »
  • Exciting News as the ISO Plans for 2016-2017 Season

    Exciting News as the ISO Plans for 2016-2017 Season

    As the 50th season of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) comes to a close, the board of directors announces an exciting development in the way the ISO meets its mission to “educate, entertain and inspire audiences.” Generous residents, foundations and businesses in Polk County have made it possible to fund an orchestra with paid musicians. […] Read More »
  • A Joyful Season Finale!

    A Joyful Season Finale!

    The Imperial Symphony Orcehstra concluded its 50th Masterworks season with Beethoven’s iconic “Symphony No. 9″ complete with nearly 200 voices from Lakeland Choral Society Inc., Florida Southern College, Southeastern University (Florida) and soloists Stella Zambalis, Christina Sale, Mark Thomsen and Thomas Potter. Thanks to tremendous season partners WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ, The Hilda Sutton and William D. Blanton […] Read More »