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The first symphony composed and published by a female American composer, Amy Beach’s Symphony in E-minor, Op. 32 drew inspiration from English, Scottish and Irish melodies. The piece debuted in 1896 to critical acclaim and continues to delight and inspire audiences today.

Also during this performance, the ISO’s Beth Mason Young Artists Endowment Fund will present the winner of the Young Artists Competition to perform with the symphony. For more information on the Beth Mason Young Artists Fund and the Young Artists Competition, visit www.masonyoungartists.com.


  • From Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances, Borodin
  • From Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga mia cruda sorte (Let Me Weep Over My Cruel Fate), Handel
    Featuring Young Artist Competition First Place Winner Milica Samargia, soprano
  • From Don Giovanni, K. 527: “Batti, Batti, o bel Masetto”, Mozart
    Featuring Young Artist Competition First Place Winner Milica Samargia, soprano
  • From Tosca: “Vissi d’arte” (I Lived for Art), Puccini
    Featuring Young Artist Competition Second Place Winner Kayla Sconiers, mezzo-soprano
  • Symphony in E-minor “Gaelic”, Beach

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is proud to participate in Polk County’s celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment with this performance of Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony. Beach was a pioneer in American symphonic music and inspired the women of the Suffrage movement as she became the first American woman to publish a symphony. Learn more about Polk County’s Centennial Coalition at www.Polkarts.org/tags/19th-amendment.

Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:15 p.m. in the theatre.

Tickets are available from the Imperial symphony Orchestra box office at (863) 688-3743 or online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=96934

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Gaelic Symphony is presented by Southern Homes of Polk County and supported by Springer Peterson Roofing.