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.
Purchase individual tickets by calling the Pabst Theater Box Office at 414-286-3205 or visiting pabsttheater.org.
Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2017-2018 season, Thanksgiving Promises, will be on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
The program will feature uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks. The rich and expansive music comes from four master composers: William Walton’s “Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire),” Jennifer Higdon’s “Teton Range” from “All Things Majestic,” Aaron Copland’s grand “Suite” from “The Tenderland,” and Antonín Dvořák’s graceful “Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88.”
Festival City Symphony will continue its “Pajama Jamboree” season with the “Happy Holidays” Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, November 29, 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 traditional holiday music and a sing-along of seasonal favorites. Whitefish Bay High School’s Singers will guest perform under the direction of Brent Johnston.
Orchestral selections will include Selections from “Frozen” (Robert Lopez, arr. Krogstad), Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson), “Troika” from Lt. Kije Suite (Sergei Prokofieff), and Brazilian Sleigh Ride (Percy Faith). Whitefish Bay High School Singers will perform Rondo for Christmas (Ed Doemland), Christmas Song (Mel Torme), and the singalong Christmas Festival (Leroy Anderson).
FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the conclusion of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, FCS will perform Saints and Heroes, a concert of majestic music conveying the inspiring spirit and faith of the composers. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture in F minor, op. 84,” Paul Hindemith’s “Noblissima Visione” celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi, and Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious “Symphony no. 5, op. 107 (Reformation).”
Symphony Sundays begin at 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.