APRIL 6, 2011 CONTACT: Gil Gott (813) 754.1578


Plant City – The Arts Council of Plant City will present a performance of the full Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Hillsborough Community College Plant City Campus 7:30 PM, Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
The program called Plant City Pops is a “Salute to our Troops” and will feature American music, Sea to Shining Sea, and a medley of seasonal and patriotic songs. Adult Admission is $20 and includes the pre-concert reception; all students, Hillsborough Community College faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge.
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra performance is being sponsored by the Arts Council of Plant City, Hillsborough Community College, and the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Plant City Photo Archives and History Center, and Sunshine State Federal Savings and Loan.




The Arts Council of Plant City is also hosting a champagne reception prior to the event. Admission to the reception is free to all ticket holders and will include the opportunity to meet the ISO Music Director, beverages and hors d’oeuvre, and preferred seating. The reception begins at 6:30PM and the concert begins at 7:30PM; tickets may be purchased at the door.


There will also be an opportunity for the concert audience to meet the musicians in the lobby area after the concert. The Arts Council and the ISO will provide refreshments.




Tickets ($20) for the concert may be purchased at the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 North Evers Street, or at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center office at 106 South Evers Street, both in downtown Plant City. (For information call 813.754.1578). Tickets may also be purchased at the Imperial Symphony Orchestra office in Lakeland by calling (863) 688.3743.




The program for the evening also includes: Gould’s American Salute, Dam Busters March, by Coates, Rodgers & Hermann’s It Might As Well Be Spring, Bilik’s American Civil War Fantasy, and Victory at Sea, A Salute to Big Bands, Armed Forces Salute, and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever! The program will be played straight through without an intermission.




The Imperial Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1965 with 30 musicians and today is a highly polished regional orchestra comprised of 80 exceptionally talented and mostly unsalaried musicians who still play for the love of bringing classical music to the Central Florida area. The Lakeland –based ISO musicians average 50 rehearsals each season and play 15 concerts in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and at the historic Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales.


The IOS is committed to educating children and plays four concerts each year for fourth and fifth grade students from throughout the area. Additionally, the ISO holds a Young Artists Competition each year where one or two high school or college students will be selected to play as guest artists with the ISO at its spring masterworks concert. And the ISO also performs an annual Cookie Concert on a Saturday morning for children and their parents. (For more information about the Imperial Symphony Orchestra visit their web site at, or call 863.688.3743.)




The Arts Council of Plant City was chartered in 1974 with the mission to bring arts programs to the Plant City community, to promote education in the arts, and to facilitate the development of artists and arts programs. For information call 754.1578.