The mission of Festival City Symphony, the oldest performing symphony orchestra in Milwaukee, is to educate the community and extend the reach of classical music with reasonable pricing and informative formats that embrace people of all ages.
FCS showcases area professional musicians in its two concert series: Symphony Sundays—Classical Music for All Ages and Pajama Jamborees—Classical Pops Concerts for Children and Families. Each season, FCS performs four Symphony Sundays concerts on Sunday afternoons, plus three Pajama Jamborees on select Wednesday evenings.
Purchase individual tickets by calling the Pabst Theater Box Office at 414-286-3205 or visiting pabsttheater.org.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the conclusion of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, FCS will perform Saints and Heroes, a concert of majestic music conveying the inspiring spirit and faith of the composers. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture in F minor, op. 84,” Paul Hindemith’s “Noblissima Visione” celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi, and Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious “Symphony no. 5, op. 107 (Reformation).”
Symphony Sundays begin at 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
Festival City Symphony’s next “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2017-2018 season, Passion, Beauty, and Light, will be on Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
The concert will welcome spring with passionate compositions from three of the finest French masters offering unique impressions of the world around us. The orchestra will perform Gabriel Fauré’s beguiling “Pavane, op. 50,” Claude Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” and Georges Bizet’s “L’Arlessienne Suites 1 & 2” with its rousing Farandole. The Hartford Union High School Women’s Chorus directed by Ernie Brusubardis II will guest perform.
Festival City Symphony’s final “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2017-2018 season, Legends and Masters, will be on Sunday, May 13, 2018, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
The concert will feature captivating music that shares tales of beauty and emotion. The orchestra will perform the Overture to “Der Freischütz” by Carl Maria von Weber, “Intermezzo in A major, op. 119, no. 2 (Black Swan)” by Johannes Brahms (trans. Sheng), and the Prelude to “Hansel und Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck. Finally, Finnish master Jean Sibelius composed the joy of life, vitality, and “where the stars dwell” with his remarkable “Symphony no. 7, op. 105, in C Major (Fantasia sinfonica no. 1).”
Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with the “Let’s Meet Beethoven” Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street).
A costumed actor will portray the musical genius, interacting with the audience as the orchestra performs Beethoven’s music. The concert will close with the popular Festival City Symphony tradition of young audience members conducting the orchestra’s finale.