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

swan-buttonWe begin our season with a program inspired by our feathered friends featuring a suite from Tchaikovsky’s great ballet “Swan Lake.” Ottorino Respighi wrote his delightfully descriptive suite “The Birds” based on earlier works by Baroque composers. We’ll also play two overtures, Rossini’s spritely “Overture to The Thieving Magpie” and Johann Strauss’s “Overture to Die Fledermaus.”

 


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This season’s popular Halloween Pajama Jamboree will not only see the orchestra and audience in costume, but feature talented young local actor Chris Orth, appearing as the prolific Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Orth’s studies included performing in the musicals “Little Women,” “The Will Rogers’ Follies,” “Something’s Afoot”, and “Curtains.”

 

 

 

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The featured guests of the annual Holiday Pajama Jamboree will be Homestead High School’s student vocal ensemble, under the direction of Kristin Hougy. They will join us in an evening of holiday tunes culminating in an audience sing along of seasonal favorites. FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.

 

 

 

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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. Lukas Foss, internationally respected composer and conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony from 1981–86, was a devotee of J.S. Bach. He wrote his Symphony No. 2 based on the famous Bach Chorales. We are pleased to play this symphony’s Milwaukee premiere.

 


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