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2016-2017 Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report On July 1, 2016, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra boldly entered its 51st season of performances as a semi-professional, paid orchestra. With 48 talented musicians, Imperial Symphony Orchestra audiences enjoyed 16 free concerts, four Masterworks performances, four educational lectures and a fully-staged opera! Donors like you made it possible for 10,000 students and children to attend free performances, including 8,500 school children who attended as part of annual School Day Enrichment concerts. Donations from individuals like you made up more than 40% of the ISO's

2019-10-13T20:59:12+00:00July 15, 2017|

Introducing LkldPerformingArts.com

Introducing LkldPerformingArts.com The ISO's box office has undergone a digital remodel! By partnering with Arts-People.com, a ticketing software designed just for local performing arts organizations, the ISO is now able to offer online seat selection for ticket purchases outside the RP Funding Center. The simple system uses email addresses to create user accounts, making sure that subscribers are never charged a ticketing fee for online ticket purchases. A ticketing fee, which pays for the software, is charged on single ticket purchases. 2016-2017 subscribers have gotten a sneak peek

2017-06-08T18:35:21+00:00June 7, 2017|

2017-2018 Audition Schedule

2017-2018 Audition Schedule The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce auditions for the 2017-2018 season (click here for season schedule). Open seats for the 2017-2018 season include violin and bass. Auditions for substitute musicians will be accepted in addition to the stated open seats. The ISO utilizes a digital audition process facilitated by Submittable.com. Users will create a free account through Submittable.com to upload video auditions. The link below is valid June 1 - June 30, 2017. SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION Audition Excerpts VIOLIN VIOLA CELLO BASS FLUTE

2019-10-13T20:59:13+00:00May 15, 2017|

Imperial Symphony Announces Young Artists Endowment Fund in Honor of Beth Mason

Since 1965, the ISO has been a driving force for music education and accessibility, and few have championed music as much as Beth Mason. As an educator and civic leader, “Miss Beth’s” commitment to providing musical education and experience for youth has led to countless opportunities for children and youth to succeed. On April 11, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra joined with the Polk Arts Alliance to present Mason with the 2017 Polk Artist Hall of Fame Award. To recognize this honor, the ISO board of directors, and Beth’s

2017-06-08T18:35:37+00:00April 21, 2017|

Polk Arts Alliance to Present 4th Annual Hall of Fame Award to Former ISO Executive Director

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra joins the Polk Arts Alliance in welcoming Beth Mason to the Polk Arts Hall of Fame, as the 2017 Award recipient. She is known as “Mother Music” for her gracious musical influence on several generations on Lakelanders; however, Beth Mason is a long-time champion of Polk County’s entire arts community. “If there is an art event in Polk County, Beth Mason will attend it,” says Rob Tate, Vice-President of External Relations at Florida Southern College. Friend Patti Foster echoes, “She goes to everything and

2017-03-28T17:46:38+00:00March 28, 2017|

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

2019-10-13T20:59:13+00:00March 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,

2017-11-16T16:50:50+00:00February 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.

2019-10-13T20:59:13+00:00February 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

2019-10-13T20:59:13+00:00February 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

2019-10-13T20:59:13+00:00January 17, 2017|