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 pabsttheater.org.


Upcoming Concerts

Three works inspired by the sea. First is the “Overture” to Richard Wagner’s dramatic romantic opera “The Flying Dutchman,” followed by British composer Frank Bridge’s “The Sea,” and Claude Debussy’s popular “La Mer.”

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Three works by American composers. Aaron Copland’s exuberant “An Outdoor Adventure” is followed by George Whitefield Chadwick’s romantic “Symphony No. 2.” Contemporary composer John Rutter’s beautiful “Suite Lyrique for Harp and Strings” will feature FCS harpist Ann Lobotzke.

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The season’s final Symphony Sundays concert will begin with Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” which includes the melody now known as “Stranger in Paradise” from Kismet. The concert will continue with Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 3,” called the “Polish Symphony” because of its infectious polonaise dance rhythms, and finish with Tchaikovsky’s popular “Marche Slav.”

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The orchestra will perform lively selections to celebrate spring. Young audience members will have the opportunity to conduct the orchestra’s finale, Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes.”

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