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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

2020-04-27T14:29:25-04:00June 21, 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

2019-10-13T20:59:11-04:00January 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

2019-06-21T20:42:55-04:00August 2, 2018|

Limited Edition #OperaSocks to Support ISO Education Efforts

Limited Edition #OperaSocks to Support ISO Education Efforts From December 1-15, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra offers pre-orders of special limited edition socks designed just for the 2018 production of Gianni Schicchi! The socks are custom designed and custom printed, so once the pre-ordering campaign is completed on December 15, the team at bakdrop.com will begin production on the Gianni Schicchi socks. They'll be shipped directly to you in four to six weeks. After that, this design retires forever! Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the ISO's growing education

2019-10-13T20:59:12-04:00December 5, 2017|

On #GivingTuesday, Give Students the Gift of Live Music

On #GivingTuesday, Give Students the Gift of Live Music On November 28, philanthropists around the world will celebrate their giving stories and champion the causes they believe in - a global day of giving know as Giving Tuesday. In America, especially, there are two days dedicated to getting deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new tradition as millions around the world demonstrate a common capacity to give. The great news is, every act of generosity counts,

2017-12-18T21:22:10-05:00November 16, 2017|

First Ever Biscuits, Bloody and the Blues Crowns Winners

First Ever Biscuits, Bloody and the Blues Crowns Winners Six restaurants, seven ISO musicians, one blues band and 200 brunch-loving guests add up to the first ever Biscuits, Bloodys and the Blues, held August 27 at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland. The event, created and organized by ISO VP Deedre Daniel, featured a competition for the best biscuit and best Bloody Mary judged by attendees as well as secret panels of judges. Fish City Grill, Frescos, Grillsmith, Masons Live, Popeyes and Square 1 shared samples of

2017-11-16T16:50:56-05:00August 30, 2017|

4th Annual SM(ART) Business Symposium

4th Annual SM(ART) Business Symposium The Polk Arts Alliance will host its fourth annual SM(ART) Business Symposium, bringing business, education and arts & culture leaders together to discuss the impact of the arts. This year's Symposium, "Educating an Innovative Workforce," will reveal the successful ways education leaders are infusing arts into education to drive outcomes. Featured speakers are: Jeff Poulin, National Education Director, Americans for the Arts Dr. Mary Palmer, Florida Alliance for Arts Education Beth Cummings, Director of Fine Arts, Polk County Schools Roundtable discussion: Marco Franca,

2019-10-13T20:59:12-04:00August 8, 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

2017-06-08T18:35:37-04:00April 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

2017-03-28T17:46:38-04:00March 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

2019-10-13T20:59:13-04:00March 9, 2017|
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