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

Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of 2016 season is “Finish with Swedish and Ilana” on Sunday, February 28, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. The concert will open with the beloved “Dance of the Hours” by Amilcare Ponchielli, known as the ballet for hippos in Disney’s “Fantasia.” Next, the concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish master Jean Sibelius with his brilliant “Symphony No. 5.” Then Milwaukee-based soloists Stephen Swedish, piano, and Ilana Setapen, violin, will join FCS for Felix Mendelssohn’s virtuosic “Concerto for Violin and Piano.”


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On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform Peter and the Wolfgang at 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. The concert will combine the talents of two of music’s greatest masters: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky wrote the first piece of the concert, “Orchestral Suite No. 4 (Mozartiana).” Next is Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40,” of which it has been said, “Few things in art are perfect. The G Minor Symphony is one of them.” Two opera excerpts will conclude the program: Mozart’s lively “Overture to the Impressario” and Tchaikovsky’s swirling “Waltz from Eugene Onegin.”

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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. “Salome’s Dance” from Richard Strauss’s opera “Salome” will be followed by Richard Wagner’s “Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhauser,” two of the most sensual, melodic, and romantic pieces ever composed. The concert will close with “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.

The orchestra will duel it out with local bluegrass group, Above the Town. The popular Festival City Symphony tradition of young audience members conducting the orchestral finale, “Stars and Stripes” by John Philip Sousa, will bring this free concert to a close.

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