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Give Kids Music on #GivingTuesday

Give Kids Music on #GivingTuesday Studies show that kids who are involved in music perform better on the SAT, are equipped to be better team players and have improved language skills, creativity and happiness. Here, you can listen to students tell you what music means in their own words. Soon, the ISO will join nonprofit organizations in more than 70 countries around the globe for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving (that follows a weekend of stuff-getting). On #GivingTuesday, you can make a difference in the lives

November 21, 2016|

Share the Giving Spirit on #GivingTuesday

Share the Giving Spirit on #GivingTuesday On Tuesday November 29, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will join more than 45,000 organizations in 70 countries for #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. This year, the ISO will focus on one specific need: student access to classical music. Gifts on #GivingTuesday will directly support student attendance at the ISO’s December 13 holiday concert. Your gift of $100 will bring four students to experience the wonder of live music. Here's how you can help “get out the give” on November

November 17, 2016|

Share the Gift of Music on #GivingTuesday

Share the Gift of Music on #GivingTuesday On Tuesday November 29, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will join more than 45,000 organizations in 70 countries for #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. In the United States, Thanksgiving is followed by days of stuff-getting like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Five years ago, 92Y, a cultural center in New York City, conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking people to causes, strengthen communities and celebrate giving. The movement harnesses the power of social media to create a

November 14, 2016|

Victorian Holiday Tickets on Sale Today!

Victorian Holiday Tickets on Sale Today Celebrate the season with the ISO's Victorian Holiday on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Harrison School for the Arts's Chamber Choir will perform "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" plus Maestro Thielen has a few more surprises in store! Single tickets go on sale August 11 at 9:30 a.m. at The Lakeland Center's Box Office. Now through October 20, purchase single concert tickets for 50% off the retail price! Use code EARLYBIRD online, by phone or in person at The Lakeland Center

October 13, 2016|

Weather Statement #HurricaneMatthew

Weather Statement #HurricaneMatthew The Imperial Symphony Orchestra offices will close early on Thursday October 6 and remain closed Friday October 7, although staff will continue to monitor email and voice mail as available. Musician rehearsal is scheduled as usual for 9 a.m. on Saturday October 8 at The Lakeland Center. Updates to this schedule will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

October 6, 2016|

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|

Make Plans for Music Munndays in October

Make Plans for Music Munndays in October Munn Park Saints performs for Music Munnday April 18, 2016. Plans are taking shape for five Music Munnday concerts in October, culminating with a Halloween dance party on October 31. Music Munndays are a partnership of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) that brings live music to downtown Lakeland's Munn Park during Monday's lunch hour. The first Music Munnday series took place in February, March and April of 2016, bringing more than 200

August 26, 2016|