The ISO staff and board are busy preparing for an exciting new season for the symphony. Last year, you helped celebrate the ISO’s 50th anniversary. This year, there are even more exciting ways for you to be involved – and you can make a difference to the ISO by inviting your friends and colleagues to share the joy of live music!

Here are five easy ways to share the symphony this season:


The first event of the season is the perfect night out for a group of friends: the very first Singer Songwriter Session! Michael McArthur, a Lakeland native with a soulful voice and a talent for songwriting, will join ISO musicians on stage for a new take on his original songs. Grab your friends, stop by Black & Brew for a delicious dinner beforehand, and come to the Polk Theatre at 8 p.m. on September 10!


Want to learn more about each concert’s music? Invite a friend to Tea & Symphony and enjoy refreshments as Maestro Mark Thielen provides an exciting lecture about the life and times of the composer. themes of the music, and the processes that produced world-famous masterworks.


Looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Surprise your significant other with tickets to Romantic Symphony on February 14 at the Lakeland Center and enjoy a nice dinner downtown before grabbing your seats for an evening of beautiful music.


Do you have friends with kids? Invite them out to FOSSILS! in November at the Mulberry Phosphate Museum or to the Cookie Concert in March on Florida Southern’s Campus for an afternoon of kid-friendly activities and music – even dancing is encouraged!


How about helping to make all these events possible? Volunteering with the symphony is a fabulous way to stay involved with music bring the joy of music to the community. Planning, decorating, counting, teaching… the possibilities are endless!

No matter how you connect to the ISO, you’ll love bringing your friends along to experience it with you!