Salute to African American Composers

Imperial Symphony Orchestra photo by Thomas Mack

The ISO commemorates Black History Month with a concert of works by African American composers from pre-Mozart through the 20th century. Special guests will include vocalist Quentin Darrington.

Tea & Symphony

Imperial Symphony Orchestra performance and lecture series.

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Imperial Symphony Orchestra photo by Thomas Mack

Superheroes of the Symphony performed by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Tea & Symphony

Tea & Symphony

Sip a cup of tea, enjoy a glass of wine and mingle at our music enrichment programs given the Tuesday before each Masterworks performance. Learn about the life, times and music of each concert’s featured composers and guest artists at our lecture series facilitated by Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Thielen. Event is in the […]

Imperial Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years with a performance of the music performed on the very first concert in May 1965.  

April 14: ISO 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years with a performance recreating the music performed on their very first concert in May 1965. Beethoven’s “Overture to Prometheus” Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 ‘Unfinished’ Selections from “My Fair Lady” Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm Youkey Theatre, The Lakeland Center Get tickets here!

Apr 26: Cookie Concert

This free annual performance offers a relaxed, interactive experience for elementary aged children and their families—one where dancing in the aisle is encouraged! Children are invited to participate in an interactive pre-concert demonstration of instruments with ISO musicians and are then treated to a 45 minute concert full of fun moments with the orchestra. 2:00PM […]

Orchestra Auditions

Imperial Symphony Orchestra photo by Thomas Mack

Polk County’s Imperial Symphony Orchestra invites talented musicians to audition for open positions as well as substitute needs. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Florida Southern College. Interested musicians should visit www.imperialsymphony.org to locate audition materials and schedule an audition time. ### The Imperial Symphony Orchestra […]

Die Fledermaus

January 23, 7 pm. The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual A Night at the Opera: Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss II. With an artistic staff headed by conductor James Caraher and stage director Mark Thomsen, this festive production will feature nationally acclaimed singers in […]

Tea & Symphony

Tea & Symphony

Imperial Symphony Orchestra pre-concert lecture held the Tuesday prior to concerts.

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