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Meet the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra this 2021-22 season


The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra will perform around Lakeland this fall.

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The lakes are alive, with the sound of music.

Meet the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra. Formerly known as the Imperial Symphony Orchestra for the past 30 years, the organization is going back to its roots as it enters the new season with its original name from the 1960s.

With the orchestra’s overhaul this season, here’s what you can expect should you find yourself in the mood for music:

  • The 2021-22 season hopes to resume to a full schedule.
  • The attendance of a live audience is still to be determined due to the pandemic.
  • Rather than the usual 5 concerts, the orchestra will perform 3 major concerts this season with no intermission, all of which will take place on Saturdays at the Polk Theatre.
  • Out of the 3 concerts, only 1 will perform a fully symphonic piece.
  • The concerts include Beethoven’s Odds-on Favorites (Oct. 3), Carol Symphony (Dec. 4), and Symphony No. 5 (March 5).
  • Aside from the 3 major concerts, the orchestra will host a small series performed at 3 Polk County locations — the Polk Museum of Art, the Polk History Center, and the Lake Wales Arts Center.
  • The highlight of the season is said to be a soprano concert by Renee Fleming at Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium.
  • Prices will slightly increase for season tickets but will remain the same for single-tickets ranging from $21-$46.