The mission of Festival City Symphony, the oldest performing symphony orchestra in Wisconsin, 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

Upcoming Concerts

The Symphony Sundays’ season will conclude with a bang on May 1, 2016, at 3pm, with Bigger Is Better, a majestic performance of true, full-orchestra-sized symphonic music at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.

The concert will include two of the most sensual, melodic, and romantic pieces ever composed: “Salome’s Dance” from Richard Strauss’s opera “Salome,” and Richard Wagner’s “Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhauser.” FCS also will perform “Four Last Songs,” the culmination of Strauss’s remarkable career. Nationally acclaimed soprano Kathy Pyeatt will guest perform.

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Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Americana Pajama Jamboree,” a free concert on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 123 E. State Street entrance.

Children will clap along when the FCS orchestra duels it out with local bluegrass trio, “Above the Town.” The group includes Jerry Loughney on fiddle and vocals; Bill Brenckle on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; and Jon Peik on banjo, bass, and vocals. Music selections will include Rodgers’ Selections from Oklahoma, Harris’ arrangement of Americana (set by Above the Town), and Hayman’s Pops Hoedown.

The popular Festival City Symphony tradition of young audience members conducting the orchestral finale, Stars and Stripes by John Philip Sousa, will bring this concert to a close.


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