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.

FCS’s casual, family-friendly classical concerts have entertained audiences for more than 80 years! View our full schedule of Symphony Sundays concerts and Pajama Jamborees.

Purchase individual tickets by calling the Pabst Theater Box Office at 414-286-3205 or visiting pabsttheater.org.

Festival City Symphony will begin its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Tunes and Tails,” a free concert on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Popular folk singing duo Fox and Branch will join FCS for a concert of fun and interactive music. Orchestral selections include Baby Elephant Walk, Light Cavalry Overture, Pink Panther, and more.

Attendees should enter through the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street. If they park in the Marcus Center lot, they are welcome to use the third level skywalk.

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Thanksgiving Promises Symphony Milwaukee

Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2017-2018 season, Thanksgiving Promises, will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.

The program will feature uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks. The rich and expansive music comes from four master composers: William Walton’s “Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire),” Jennifer Higdon’s “Teton Range” from “All Things Majestic,” Aaron Copland’s grand “Suite” from “The Tenderland,” and Antonín Dvořák’s graceful “Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88.”

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Festival City Symphony will continue its “Pajama Jamboree” season with the “Happy Holidays” Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street).

The concert will feature traditional holiday music and a sing-along of seasonal favorites. Whitefish Bay High School’s Madrigal Singers will guest perform.

FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.

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