Going for Baroque Conductor's Notes

Conductor’s Notes: Going For Baroque

Good afternoon and welcome to our first concert for the new year. Today we will play pieces by well known composers whose works are seldom heard in the concert hall of the modern symphony orchestra. And, frankly, we will be presenting them in a way never envisioned by the composers. The period of roughly 1575 – 1750 is referred to …

Carter Simmons

Carter Simmons To Be New Festival City Symphony Music Director

Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony Orchestra has announced that Carter Simmons has been hired to replace retiring Monte Perkins as Music Director and Conductor for the organization’s Symphony Sunday concerts at the Pabst Theater. Simmons will remain the Artistic and Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), where he has served the community for nearly 25 years. He will …

Holiday Pajama Jamboree Benefits Hunger Task Force

Holiday Pajama Jamboree Benefits Hunger Task Force

Thank you to the Pajama Jamboree audience of November 30, 2016, for making it possible for Festival City Symphony to donate food to Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force! “Please accept my gratitude for your organization’s (FCS) recent gift to Hunger Task Force of 89 pounds of donated food. Thanks to this wonderful support, Hunger Task Force can continue to feed families …

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A Message from Symphony Sundays Audience Members

Guests from our Symphony Sundays concert on October 2: The Wilson family says “hi” and wants to let you know how much they enjoyed a Sunday afternoon at the Pabst with Festival City Symphony! Thank you, Wilsons!

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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Tree Auction

FCS Executive Director Linda Jones and violinist Carol Christensen decorated a tree to be auctioned off at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s “Festival of Trees” fundraising event! It began Saturday, December 3, at the MacIntosh|Goodrich mansion. Visit the WCM website for more information.   Save Save Save Save

Girl Scouts Symphony Orchestra Concert

Ticket Coupon for Girl Scouts

This year, the Girl Scout Day at the Symphony will be May 7, 2017, during the Pioneers and Prodigies concert featuring Frank Almond. Print this coupon, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Festival City Symphony c/o JoAnn Norris, 9991 West North Avenue #202, Milwaukee, WI 53226. We’ll see you at the symphony!    

CONDUCTOR’S NOTES – October 2, 2016 “Music for the Birds”

We call this concert “Music For The Birds”, but a more apt title might be “Music Inspired By Our Feathered Friends”. Italian composer and musicologist Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936) wrote several scholarly treatises on Baroque music and composers.  His editions of the works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) are looked to yet …

Principal Horn Audition

Principal Horn Audition – Tues., Sept. 6

Spread the word! We have an opening for Principal Horn, and the runner-up will be offered the Third Horn position. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 6, and you can call to schedule your audition appointment beginning in August. AUDITION DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 TIME: 6:45–10pm, by appointment. Call Festival City Symphony at 414-365-8861. We will be scheduling audition …

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Conductor’s Notes, May 1, 2016, “Bigger Is Better”

To close our “Symphony Sundays” season, we’ve chosen works that epitomize the Romantic Era, using a large orchestra and grand themes that were once described as erotic, decadent, immoral, and lascivious. Richard Wagner (1813 – 1893) had an overwhelming impact on music that is still debated today. His “music of the future” affected generations of composers of every nationality, whether …