October is National Arts & Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities Month October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of: FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels; ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations

September 30, 2016|

Masterworks #1 (New World Symphony) Program Notes

Masterworks #1 (New World Symphony) Program Notes Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) Overture to The Barber of Seville It is hard to understand today why the premiere of The Barber of Seville in Rome in February 1816 was such an unmitigated disaster. True, the overture we know today was not at the time part of the opera, and another opera called The Barber of Seville, by the aging Giovanni Paisiello, although dated, was considered a classic in Italy. But the simple ebullience and mischievousness of Rossini’s

September 15, 2016|

Meet the Guest Artist: Young-Ah Tak

Meet the Guest Artist: Young-Ah Tak Young Ah-Tak joins the Imperial Symphony Orchestra on October 11 for an energetic performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Watch Young-Ah perform "My Joys." Young-Ah joins the ISO for this special appearance thanks to the generosity of Southeastern University College of Arts & Media. Learn more and purchase tickets for Masterworks #1 New World Symphony. Young-Ah's Bio: Praised for her “winning combination of passion, imagination, and integrity” (New York Concert Review) and her “thrilling blend

September 12, 2016|

#BecauseOfArtsEd: Celebrating Arts in Education Week

#BecauseOfArtsEd September 11 - 17, 2016 is National Arts in Education Week, a time for parents, students, business leaders and the entire nation to celebrate the benefits of arts in education. Studies show that students who participate in arts education have higher graduation rates and better test scores. Plus, the practice of art encourages innovation, fosters critical thinking skills and welcomes change. An analysis of Florida's 12th grade students provides further evidence that students participation in arts-related classes: 1) stay in school; 2) have higher graduation rates; 3)

September 12, 2016|