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UPCOMING SHOWS

Handel's Messiah

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Youkey Theatre, The RP Funding Center for tickets starting October 12

Lakeland Choral Society joins the ISO for a stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah to kick off the holiday season.

Repertoire:
Messiah, Handel
featuring Lakeland Choral Society and the Choirs of Polk State College

Soloists:
Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Jenny Heidtman, mezzo-soprano
John Murray, tenor
Jeremy Silverman, baritone

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Joe K. Walsh, mandolin

Grant Gordy, guitar

Danny Barnes, banjo

ONE NIGHT ONLY 

Friday January 18, 2019 at 8:00pm

LKLDLIVE, 202 N Massachusetts Ave, Studio B, Lakeland, FL 33801

Through the ISO's Beth mason Young Artists Endowment Fund, proceeds from the evening will create scholarships for both the Mike Block String Camp and the Florida Southern College Summer String Orchestra Camp.

In the world of bluegrass and folk, where the collaborative possibilities are endless, what draws some musicians together in formal collaborations is hard to pinpoint. For Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Danny Barnes, a newly formed bi-coastal trio, curiosity is the rule, and tunes are just a starting point. The trio is anchored by banjo player and singer/songwriter Danny Barnes. Barnes is best known as the frontman of the Bad Livers, for his collaborations with Dave Matthews and Bill Frisell, and as the 2015 winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.Growing up in Illinois and later Minnesota, Joe K. Walsh first established himself on the East Coast as the co-founder of progressive bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow, and as a long time member of The Gibson Brothers. He went on to become a faculty member at The Berklee College of Music, and launch a solo career with his albums Sweet Loam and Borderland. Grant Gordy, who is originally from Colorado and now lives in Brooklyn, went from being a fan of David Grisman, to playing in his band. Having spent six years in the David Grisman Quintet, Gordy released a self titled solo album in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Tiny Desk Concerts, and All Things Considered as well as The Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Darol Anger, with whom Gordy has collaborated frequently, describes his playing as containing “Kaleidoscopic excellence, startling emotion, and personal revelation”. 

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Mozart's The Magic Flute

Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Sothern College

The ISO annual opera production welcomes opera professionals to Lakeland for a two-week rehearsal and performance schedule including special workshops for students. The fantasy and fairytale of Mozart’s The Magic Flute have kept it an audience favorite for more than 225 years. Sung in English.

Starring
Wesley Morgan, Tamino
Maria Kanyova, Pamina
Eric Lindsey, Sarastro
Teresa Castillo, Queen of the Night
Visit LakelandOpera.com for information.

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Tea & Symphony: Franck Symphony

February 5, 2019 at 5:45pm

Presbyterian Homes Chapel

Enjoy a cup of tea and venture inside the music with Tea & Symphony pre-concert lectures. During these Tea & Symphony lectures, Maestro Mark Thielen takes audiences on a journey into the life & times of the featured composers, identifying themes in the music and offering insight into the processes that created familiar Masterworks.

Held the Tuesday prior to concerts, the Tea & Symphony Series is held in the Chapel at Presbyterian Homes, 909 S Lakeside Ave, Lakeland.

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Southeastern University Masterworks Series

Franck Symphony in D

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Youkey Theatre, RP Funding Center for tickets starting December 14

Belgian Composer Cesar Franck’s most famous orchestral work, Symphony in D minor premiered on February 17, 1889, just one year before his death. The ambitious fusion of French and German musical traditions was considered rebellious at the time - so much so that even his conservative wife railed against its morally compromising passion!

Guest Artist Rita Fandrich
Pianist Rita Fandrich Is Professor Emerita at Florida Southern College, where she served as Artist-Teacher for 43 years. As a performer, she appeared as soloist and collaborative musician at festivals, conferences and summer clinics throughout the United States. As professor, she taught courses in piano performance, piano pedagogy, advanced music theory and composition. Prior to her post at Florida Southern, Fandrich was Artist-Teacher at the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Camp at the Indianhead Performing Arts Center.

Repertoire:
Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld
Saint Saens, Piano Concerto (Rita Fandrich)
Symphony in D minor, Cesar Franck

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Tea & Symphony: Italian Symphony

March 5, 2019 at 5:45pm
Lake Hollingsworth Room, RP Funding Center

Enjoy a cup of tea and venture inside the music with Tea & Symphony pre-concert lectures. During these Tea & Symphony lectures, Maestro Mark Thielen takes audiences on a journey into the life & times of the featured composers, identifying themes in the music and offering insight into the processes that created familiar Masterworks.

Held the Tuesday prior to concerts, the Tea & Symphony Series is held in the Chapel at Presbyterian Homes, 909 S. Lakeside Ave, Lakeland.

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Southeastern University Masterworks Series

Italian Symphony

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Youkey Theatre, RP Funding Center for tickets starting January 11

March 12, 2019 7 p.m.
Italian Symphony
Youkey Theatre, RP Funding Center

Felix Mendelssohn’s tour of Europe inspired his Symphony No. 4 as he wrote to his parents, “This is Italy! And now, has begun what I have always thought… to be the supreme joy in life.”

Repertoire:
Overture to William Tell, Rossini
Cappricio Italien, Tchaikovsky

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Southern Homes Contemporary Series

West Side Story

Friday, May 3, 2019 8:00 p.m.

Youkey Theatre, RP Funding Center for tickets starting March 4

Leonard Bernstein’s legendary retelling of Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story takes the audience on a journey through forbidden love, fierce family loyalties and the ruthless feud between the Sharks and the Jets.

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The Rotary Club of Lakeland South and Core Wealth Advisors present

Beethoven v. Coldplay

A Stereo Hideout Production 

Steve Hackman & Imperial Symphony Orchestra

May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm

Polk Theatre

A merging of musical giants, Beethoven V. Coldplay pairs two composer/artists that deal with universal and humanist themes in their music, and asks the musical question- would Beethoven have found meaning in the music of Coldplay? That notion, perhaps odd-sounding at first, becomes much more compelling when considering the events surrounding Beethoven’s creation of the Eroica Symphony- an artist desperate to solidify his position as the reigning musical genius in Vienna, but yet still misunderstood and criticized, and a young man in his thirties faced with the reality that he would indeed soon be completely deaf. How, then, would Beethoven have reacted to the Coldplay lyrics ‘Nobody said it was easy?’ or ‘When you lose something you can’t replace…. could it be worse?’

Beethoven V. Coldplay transforms the Eroica into an oratorio, weaving the melodies and lyrics of Coldplay into the original Beethoven, pairing them together based on content and context. It is the alternate Eroica Beethoven may have created had he known the music of Coldplay at the time. Three vocalists join the full symphony; many of Coldplay’s most well-known songs are interpolated, including ‘Yellow’, ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘The Scientist’.

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