Holiday Pajama Jamboree Benefits Hunger Task Force

Holiday Pajama Jamboree Benefits Hunger Task Force

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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 …

A Message from Symphony Sundays Audience Members

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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!

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Tree Auction

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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

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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”

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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 – Tues., Sept. 6

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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 …

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

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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 …

Conductor’s Notes, March 20, 2016, “Peter and the Wolfgang”

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Throughout history composers have stood on the shoulders of the generations of composers who preceded them, learning, copying, and being inspired. Many have been quite open in their admiration, as was Tchaikovsky with Mozart.  We are pairing these two masters for you in four compositions. No one doubts the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).  He glows brightly in the …

CONDUCTOR’S NOTES February 28, 2016 “FINNISH WITH SWEDISH & ILANA”

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Good afternoon and welcome to the first concert of 2016 by Festival City Symphony. Today we will perform three works: one well known; one universally admired; and one, though by a famous composer, a Milwaukee premiere. Our program begins with a piece that became part of the national consciousness in 1940 when Walt Disney released the cartoon film “Fantasia.” The …