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.


Please Note:  This season all Symphony Sunday concerts begin one hour earlier starting at 2:00pm. 

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

Sept. 30, 2018: "Glorious Symphonists" Symphony Sundays

Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2018-2019 season, Glorious Symphonists, will be on Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. The concert will feature Hector Berlioz's "Overture to Les Franc-Juges, op. 3," Antonin Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances," and Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky's "Symphony no. 5."

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Oct. 31, 2018: Halloween Pajama Jamboree

halloween pajama jamboree

Festival City Symphony will begin its “Pajama Jamboree” season with its Halloween Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street). Members of the orchestra and the audience are invited to come in costume for a concert of favorites.

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Nov. 28, 2018: Holiday Pajama Jamboree

holiday pajama jamboree

Festival City Symphony will continue its “Pajama Jamboree” season with a Holiday Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 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 as well as poems of the holidays set to music, including Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus and The Night Before Christmas. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.

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Program Notes: “Legends and Masters” Symphony Sundays – May 13, 2018

Festival City Symphony: May 13, 2018 | Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Carl Maria von Weber November 18, 1786; Eutin June 5, 1826; London Overture to “Der Freischütz” Derived from German legend, Weber’s opera, Der Freischütz, is filled with Teutonic superstition and diabolical elements. Pacts with the devil, magic bullets, eerie forests and mystical incantations were all part of this …

Program Notes: “Passion, Beauty, and Light” Symphony Sundays – March 25, 2018

Festival City Symphony: March 25, 2018 | Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Gabriel Fauré May 12, 1845; Pamiers, France November 4, 1924; Paris Pavane, Opus 50 Quintessentially French, Fauré’s compositional style is particularly refined. His music, often said to be the reflection of French civilization in sound, demonstrates not only his artistic restraint, but also the unique qualities of his …

A Personal Note from Retiring Executive Director Linda Jones

I will be bringing to a close 35 wonderful years (1982 – 2017) spent with the orchestra on this stage today, twelve years under its former name, Milwaukee Civic Symphony Orchestra, and 23 years under its current name, Festival City Symphony (FCS).  I was first a musician in the orchestra when I auditioned in 1981 to be on Civic Orchestra’s …