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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 …

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Program Notes: “Saints and Heroes” Symphony Sundays – Jan. 28, 2018


Festival City Symphony: 01/28/18 Program Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Egmont: Overture Shortly after Napoleon’s second invasion of Vienna in the spring of 1809, the Vienna Court Theaters hired Josef Hartl as its new director. Taking advantage of a general relaxation of censorship, Hartl scheduled two revolutionary plays: Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell and Goethe’s Egmont. Beethoven expressed …

Brandon Yahn Operations Director Festival City Symphony

Welcome Brandon Yahn


Please join Festival City Symphony in welcoming Brandon Yahn to the role of FCS Operations Director. As Principal Horn with FCS and band director with the West Bend School District, Brandon already has an intimate knowledge of music. His experience as a performing musician and teacher brings great insight and wisdom to this new position as he expands his skills …

Symphony Sundays Program Notes

Program Notes: “Thanksgiving Promises” Symphony Sundays – Nov. 12, 2017


Festival City Symphony: 11/12/17 Program Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2017   William Walton (1902-1983) Spitfire Prelude and Fugue A revered mid-20th-century English composer, Walton celebrated the spirit of his homeland with music of rhythmic drive, contrapuntal textures, brilliant orchestration and long melodic lines. He produced music in virtually all instrumental forms and was particularly successful in creating dramatic music …

Lynn Roginske Children's Program Notes

Welcome Lynn Roginske


Festival City Symphony welcomes Lynn Roginske as new host of the Symphony Sundays “Children’s Program Notes.” This pre-concert activity introduces children to the music they are about to hear. Ms. Roginske is a music educator, pianist and singer. On the faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, she teaches piano and voice, music theory and composition, as well as early …

2017-2018 Season Brochure


Did you receive your new 2017-2018 Festival City Symphony season brochure in the mail? You can download it by clicking here. Don’t forget that early bird pricing for season ticket packs expires soon! Order by October 1, 2017 for incredible deals on all four Symphony Sundays concerts. Online ordering of single tickets through the Pabst Theater is also available now. …

Monte Perkins Retirement

Messages for Monte Perkins on His Retirement


“Pioneers and Prodigies” on Sunday, May 7 will be the final Symphony Sundays concert with longtime conductor Monte Perkins, who has shared his exceptional talents with FCS since 1963.     From the Vagabond Ski & Social Club, Audience Members and Fans of Monte for Many Years: The Vagabond Ski & Social Club would like to convey to you, Monte, …

Frank Almond to Perform in May 7 Season Finale

Frank Almond to Perform in May 7 Season Finale


To top off our 2016-2017 Symphony Sundays season, the extraordinary Milwaukee-based violin virtuoso Frank Almond will return to perform the well-known “Violin Concerto in D minor” by Henri Wieniawski. Violinist Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Now celebrating his 20th season with the MSO, he has also held positions as Concertmaster of …

De La Buena

Interview with De La Buena’s Julio Pabon


This interview with Julio Pabon of De La Buena originally appeared in the March 20, 2016 Footlights program. Executive Director Linda Jones interviewed the award-winning percussionist, singer, educator, and music administrator when he joined the Festival City Symphony Board of Directors. His musical talents will delight attendees of our final Pajama Jamboree of the season, “I’ve Got Rhythm,” on May …