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Imperial Symphony Orchestra Performs 20th Annual Concert Under the Stars

at Bok Tower Gardens on May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
by Cassie Jacoby
April 11, 2010

Tickets are on sale for the 20th annual Concert Under the Stars with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (ISO) at Bok Tower Gardens on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Mustang Sally and The Hamjos will perform old-time and traditional Appalachian music during the pre-show beginning at 5:30 p.m. Also new this year, concert tickets include general Gardens’ admission so guests may enter anytime during the day for picnics. Call 863-734-1222 or visit for tickets and more information.

A favorite Central Florida outdoor gathering, the event draws thousands of visitors who enjoy a picnic and pops musical evening with family and friends as the sun sets over Iron Mountain. Sponsors are Bunting, Tripp & Ingley, CenterState and GrayRobinson with media partners Max 98.3 FM, News Chief, The Ledger, Tampa Bay Magazine and WUSF.

In addition to Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World,” the ISO will perform a variety of musical genres which will reflect this year’s theme, “Exploring the New World.” Selections include “An American in Paris Suite,” “Stephen Foster Medley,” “Fantasia on Early American Hymns” and “American Folk Song Set.” George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” will feature pianist Linda Charlton. The 60-bell Singing Tower carillon will be performed by carillonneur William De Turk.

The popular picnic contest will award prizes for Most Elegant, Most Original and Best Overall. Judging will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. and winners will be announced during intermission. Visitors can enter a drawing for a private tour for six of the Singing Tower, a private dinner for eight at Pinewood Estate or a $100 gift certificate from the Tower & Garden Gift Shop. Tickets will be available at the Information Tent near the concert seating area.

Pre-ordered meals are available from the Blue Palmetto Café for $8.95 and $10.95 plus tax and can be picked up the day of the concert by 7:15 p.m. in the Café which will close at 7:30 p.m. Call 863- 676-1355 for advance meal orders. Chicken and yellow rice, hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be available for sale at the Hilltop Café concession located near the concert site as well as beer and wine. The Gift Shop will remain open until after the concert.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for members. Day of concert ticket prices are $25 for the general public and members. Children under 5 are admitted free. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Gardens (863-734-1222), the ISO office (863-688-3743), CenterState branch locations or Chambers of Commerce in Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Winter Haven. Visit to purchase tickets online.

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, insect repellent and flashlights. Handicapped parking and shuttle service will be available. Visit or for more information.

About Bok Tower Gardens:

Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, voted Florida’s Best Garden, is located 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales, Florida, and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales FL 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit

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