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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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