Southern Homes Broadway by the Lake

ISO’s annual pops concert. Special guests from Lakeland Community Theatre join ISO musicians for favorites from Broadway including Mama  Mia, Hair and more!  





Symphony Orchestra Concert

Harrison Symphony Orchestra performs their final concert of the season. Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10.





Spring Pops Concert

Lakeland Artisan Meshes Music and Masts! The FREE, Florida Philharmonia concert on May 2 at College Heights United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida, promises Pop’s-type musical selections—with a nautical twist of fun. The program includes Victory at Sea, Scarborough Fair, Russian Sailor’s Dance, Bugler’s Holiday—along with a silent auction for a museum quality, to-scale model […]





Pops by the Lake: Soundtracks

May 6, 8pm. Southern Homes Pops by the Lake: Soundtracks Enjoy an energetic pops concert on the Friday evening before Mayfaire by-the-Lake. An Imperial Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert is a perfect prelude to downtown Lakeland’s annual art festival.





Tea & Symphony: Ode to Joy

Sip a cup of tea, enjoy a glass of wine and mingle at the ISO’s music enrichment programs or pre-concert lectures. Maestro Mark Thielen takes audiences on a journey into the life & times of the featured composer, identifying themes in the music and offering insight into the processes that created familiar master works. $15, […]





Music of the Stars

On March 15, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra will present a newly developed visual accompaniment for Gustav Holst’s famous The Planets. “The Planets Live” consists of computer software and media that are performed live to follow the conductor’s direction beat-for-beat. While many of the visuals are original animations, everything shown has some basis in fact and […]





FOSSILS! Family Concert

Kids ages 2-12 will love this musical journey through prehistory! This free Imperial Symphony Orchestra community concert is will feature kid-friendly activities including a dig in the Museum’s fossil pit! Learn more!





Masterworks: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

Imperial Symphony Orchestra photo by Thomas Mack

The ISO makes its 50th season debut with “Overture to a New Day,” commissioned for this special gold anniversary. Guest artist Andy Liu, a graduate of Harrison School for the Arts who also studied with Robert MacDonald, will perform “Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor” with the Orchestra. In addition, the orchestra will perform the wonderful Tchaikovsky Symphony […]





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 […]





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 […]





Polk Arts Alliance

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