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.


Upcoming Concerts

trumpet-buttonThis program highlights music from the Baroque Era. We begin with the expressive “Adagio” by Albinoni in a setting for full orchestra arranged specifically for FCS. Next we feature two FCS members, trumpeters Gerry Keene and Joe Burzinski, in the regal “Concerto for 2 Trumpets” by Francesco Manfredini. We conclude this boisterous celebration of the Baroque style with the performance of full-orchestra arrangements of two well-known works of the period: G.F. Hanel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras, and J.S. Bach’s popular “Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor” arranged by Leopold Stokowski.

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Shakespeare

Inspired by the Bard is the title of FCS’s March 26, 2017 concert, which will acknowledge the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. FCS will perform Otto Nicolai’s tuneful and joyful “Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote several works based on Shakespeare, including his romantic but brooding symphonic poem “The Tempest.” Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has inspired many artists over the centuries with its themes of love and tragedy; FCS will play a suite from Sergei Prokofieff’s 1935 ballet of the same name.

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Pioneers and Prodigies Symphony SundaysThe Symphony Sundays’ season will conclude on May 7, 2017, with Pioneers and Prodigies, a concert highlighting exceptional talent and groundbreaking achievements. Amy Beach (1867-1944) was the first internationally acclaimed female American composer. Her “Gaelic Symphony,” based on English, Scottish, and Irish melodies, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. FCS will perform a perennial audience favorite, “Overture to Ruy Blas” by child prodigy composer Felix Mendelssohn. To top off our season, the extraordinary Milwaukee-based violin virtuoso Frank Almond will return to perform the well-known “Violin Concerto in D minor” by Henri Wieniawski.

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I've Got Rhythm Pajama Jamboree

Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “I’ve Got Rhythm” Spring Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, May 17, 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 local performing artist Julio Pabon, award-winning percussionist/singer and educator. Music with a Latin/African flavor will predominate, and the concert will close with the popular Festival City Symphony tradition of young audience members conducting the orchestra’s finale.

PLEASE NOTE: Enter through the main entrance, 929 N. Water Street. If you park in the Marcus Center lot, you are welcome to use the third level skywalk.

Julio Pabon

Julio Pabon

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