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#OperaSocks are Back – for a Limited Time

#OperaSocks are Back - for a Limited Time It's the easiest way to support the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and the annual Lakeland Opera production! Back for a third year, the ISO's #OperaSocks campaign aims to raise $2,500 to bring more than 50 professional artists together for the January 18, 2020 production of La Boheme. Beginning today, you can purchase #OperaSocks for just $20 each - and they make wonderful gifts for friends and family! With the help of creative fundraisers at ProSocks.com, your purchase puts the ISO one

2019-11-07T18:25:14+00:00November 8, 2019|

ISO and ElderPoint Announce Transportation Partnership

ISO and ElderPoint Announce Transportation Partnership The first orchestra concert of the 2019/2020 season will be a little easier to attend thanks to a new partnership between the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and ElderPoint Ministries of Greater Lakeland. Studies show that 37% of "interested non-attendees" lack transportation or have difficulty getting to a venue. Another 22% don't have anyone with whom to attend. A 2015 survey by the National Endowment for the Arts outlines motivations and barriers to arts participation, specifically detailing the high interest and disproportionately low attendance among retirees, empty nesters

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00June 21, 2019|

A Little Bit About Music with Amy: Rodeo

A (VERY) Little Bit About Music with Amy: Rodeo This week of spring break, I've been focusing on preparing for the upcoming Cookie Concert. I know the music that's on the program, and I know that it makes me think of cowboys, trail rides and wide open spaces. What I didn't know was WHY the music was composed to begin with. So, naturally, I figured we'd learn together. Aaron Copland is a familiar American composer - even if you're not sure of the name. If you've seen the

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00March 29, 2019|

A Little Bit About Music with Amy: The Moldau

The Vltava (Moldau) River flows through Chesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. A (VERY) Little Bit About Music with Amy: The Moldau Today, I'm reminiscing about my trip to Europe last year. For some reason, I haven't worn the ring we bought until today. Michael and I took a cruise down the Danube and had the opportunity to take several day trips inland. When we arrived in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, I was a total dork because I recognized the name of the river we were going to visit as

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00February 19, 2019|

AUDITIONS: West Side Story in Concert

Sing with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra! Join the ISO on stage for a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's iconic musical on Friday May 3 at Youkey Theatre. To audition, complete the form linked below, either submitting a video of your audition or indicating your preference to come for an in-person audition on February 2 starting at 1:30 p.m. in B202, the Jenkins Recital Hall at Florida Southern College. Roles ($performance fee): Tony ($500) Maria ($500) Riff ($300) Anita ($300) 10 ensemble/chorus ($100 each) Audition requirements: at least 32

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00January 7, 2019|

ISO’s Young Artists Competition Open Through Sep 30

Because the ISO has received several calls from potential YAC applicants who were affected by Hurricane Florence, the deadline to apply for the 2018/2019 Young Artists Competition has been extended through September 30.   The Imperial Symphony Orchestra invites young artists (ages 16 - 21) to submit applications to audition for the Young Artists Competition. A select number of applicants will be invited to audition before a panel of judges on October 27 at Florida Southern College. The Competition winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship and will

2019-06-21T20:42:55+00:00August 2, 2018|

2018-2019 Audition Schedule

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is accepting auditions for its sub list. Video auditions will be accepted through the form below. Please do not send passwords or sensitive information through this form. Audition Excerpts Submit your audition by creating a video of yourself playing the audition excerpts for your instrument. Include a link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in the form below. VIOLIN VIOLA CELLO BASS FLUTE OBOE CLARINET BASSOON HORN TRUMPET TROMBONE BASS TROMBONE TUBA TIMPANI PERCUSSION ORCHESTRAL-KEYBOARD HARP

2019-10-19T18:56:38+00:00June 26, 2018|

Exciting Updates to ISO Venues

Thanks to the ISO's friends and partners at Florida Southern College and the RP Funding Center, there are some exciting updates that will be ready for your concert experience in the fall. New Seats Youkey Theatre is planning a major upgrade to seats in the orchestra (downstairs) sections. These beautiful new seats are one part of some other behind the scenes upgrades that will enhance the ISO's backstage experience as well. And, there's talk of cup holders! More Wheelchair Accessible Seats With those new seats, Youkey will also

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00May 17, 2018|

Join the Opera Chorus!

Each year, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra produces a fully staged opera with Florida Southern College. Professional leads, artistic staff and orchestra are just the beginnings of a successful opera. Opera is sound, light, drama, voice, movement and more, and the chorus plays a crucial role in moving the story from scene to scene. FSC students and community members fill minor roles and round out the chorus, providing a rich and robust sound to the stage. This year, the ISO will present Mozart's iconic and fantastical The Magic Flute

2019-10-13T20:59:11+00:00May 8, 2018|