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Masterworks#4 (Pines of Rome) Program Notes

Masterworks #4 (Pines of Rome) Program Notes Learn more about the ISO's performance on April 11, 2017, including how to purchase tickets. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Overture to Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi achieved astounding success as a musical dramatist with his ability to capture in music the psychological depth of his characters. He was the king of Italian opera through much of the nineteenth century and premiered works in all the major cities of Italy, as well as in Paris, St. Petersburg and Cairo. So in

March 9, 2017|

Music Munndays Return in March

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is pleased to partner with the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority to bring live music to downtown Lakeland with the Music Munnday concert series! The Lineup: March 6: ISO Brass Quintet March 13: AcousticDose March 20: Jazzanova March 27: Motett featuring Lemay Olano-James In addition to live music, the LDDA brings board games and coloring pages for concert goers. Music Munndays began in February 2016 with an eight-week series of performances in the park. LDDA Executive Director Julie Townsend said the concerts were a resounding success,

February 27, 2017|

Pines of Rome Tickets On Sale Today!

Pines of Rome Tickets on Sale Today! Enjoy an evening of philharmonic favorites including Respighi’s exciting Pines of Rome and Soloist Byron Hogan returns to the stage for the beautiful Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra. Single tickets go on sale February 10 at 9:30 a.m. at The Lakeland Center's Box Office. Now through February 17, purchase single concert tickets for 50% off the retail price! Use code EARLYBIRD online, by phone or in person at The Lakeland Center Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Discounts

February 10, 2017|

ISO Announces 2017-2018 Season

The board of directors of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra presents the 2017-2018 season, complete with five series performances, two family concerts, Pops by the Lake and the favorite special event, A Night at the Opera! The season includes Broadway favorites, American classics, Viennese icons and even something called a "Mashup!" To learn more about the performances in the season, visit the 2017-2018 Season page. Subscription renewals are now open online and will will be available during the February 14 and April 11 symphony performances. Renewals & new subscribers

February 9, 2017|

Masterworks #3 (Romantic Symphony) Program Notes

Masterworks #3 (Romantic Symphony) Program Notes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake (1877) was a revolutionary work. Its intensely dramatic score was so demanding for choreographer, dancers and orchestra that from its premiere, music from other composers was increasingly substituted for Tchaikovsky’s original score. The ballet itself was dropped from the repertoire after 1883 and was only revived in 1895, two years after the composer’s death, and even then in modified form. By 1888, with his

January 17, 2017|

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the ISO!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the ISO! The ISO's annual Christmas concert was full of joy and excitement including the acting of Laura, Carter, Holly & Todd Parrish and Baylee Zimmerman, the beautiful voices of Karen Buie, Diana Russell and the Harrison Chamber Choir plus a little hlep from the audience! Support for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra is provided by WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio, The Verner Foundation and the Hilda Sutton and William D. Blanton Foundation. The evening's performance was underwritten by Radiology and Imaging Specialists.

December 21, 2016|

Romantic Symphony Tickets On Sale Today!

Romantic Symphony Tickets on Sale Today! Share a romantic evening with the ISO and special guest Kira Omelchenko from Florida Southern College conducting Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Suite and the exciting Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 in C minor for piano presented by Robert Fleitz. Single tickets go on sale December 14 at 9:30 a.m. at The Lakeland Center's Box Office. Now through December 21, purchase single concert tickets for 50% off the retail price! Use code EARLYBIRD online, by phone or in person at The Lakeland Center Monday - Friday, 9:30

December 14, 2016|

Give Inspiration: Give Kids Music this Holiday

Give Inspiration: Give Kids Music this Holiday With your generosity, the first half of the ISO's season has been a tremendous success! Since September, ISO musicians have performed seven concerts for more than 6,800 folks... and they have at least three more scheduled in December! As you know, the ISO relies on the generosity of patrons like you to fulfill its mission to "educate, entertain and inspire" audiences through live music. I want you to know why those gifts are so important. 1. Education In November, ISO musicians

November 30, 2016|

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|