Beth Mason

On April 11, 2017, the Polk Arts Alliance, along with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, presented the 4th Annual Polk County Artist Hall of Fame 2017 Award to Beth Mason. Known as “Mother Music” for her gracious musical influence on several generations of Lakelanders, Beth Mason is a long-time champion of Polk County’s entire arts community. “If there […]

Cookie Concert

Nine Year Old Piano Prodigy to Join ISO for Cookie Concert Celebrating Autism Awareness Month Enjoy a fun-filled musical afternoon at the Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s annual Cookie Concert presented by Publix Super Markets Charities on April 8 at 3 p.m. at Branscomb Auditorium (111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr). Kids ages 2 – 12 will enjoy kid-friendly […]

Michael McArthur Live with the ISO

On September 10, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra will open its 51st season by welcoming Michael McArthur to the Polk Theatre stage for the inaugural Singer Songwriter Session. A native of Lakeland, Michael McArthur is a solo artist with acoustic roots whose soulful music is a perfect complement to the classical sound of the orchestra. A […]

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.

Cookie Concert

May 1st Cookie Concert: Magical Music 2pm – Interactive petting zoo with instruments from Carlton Music Center. 3pm – Kid-friendly concert, with dancing in the aisles encouraged! The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s FREE kid-friendly concert. Dancing in the aisles encouraged.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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