Pajama Jamborees

Free Classical Pops Concerts for Children

Select Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. PLEASE NOTE: Enter through the main entrance, 929 N. Water Street. If you park in the Marcus Center lot, you are welcome to use the third level skywalk.

This series of three FREE classical “pops” concerts, each one hour in length, is geared to children and their families. Each concert has narration and music selections that are lively, tell a story, and/or demonstrate the colors of the orchestra. Dress is casual. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets are welcome for the youngest audience members, especially for a spot on the floor directly in front of the orchestra. Conventional seating is also available.

The programs are frequently collaborative efforts with guest artists appealing to kids (dancers, costumed actors, children’s performing groups, etc.). Sometimes audience members even get to conduct!

Pajama Jamborees 2016-2017 Concert Schedule

Festival City Symphony will begin its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Let’s Meet Mozart” — Halloween Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Dressed in costume, the FCS orchestra will celebrate Halloween with a performance of musical “treats” featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program presents talented young local actor Chris Orth portraying the prolific composer. The evening will include such Mozart tunes as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” a solo violin piece, “Serenade for Winds,” and more.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

Unlike previous years, attendees should enter through the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street. If they park in the Marcus Center lot, they are welcome to use the third level skywalk.

As a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Orth’s studies included performing in the musicals “Little Women,” “The Will Rogers’ Follies,” “Something’s Afoot,” and “Curtains.”

All “Pajama Jamboree” concerts have free admission. Hosted by Education Director Jayne Perkins, these popular programs welcome children and their parents or grandparents to attend in casual dress or pajamas. The audience is invited to bring a blanket and sit on the floor, up close to “meet” the orchestra. Conventional seating is also available. Pajama Jamborees are best suited for children in K4 through fifth grade.

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Festival City Symphony will continue its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Let It Snow” Holiday Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 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 tunes, including Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival, as well as selections from Disney’s Frozen. The evening will culminate in an audience sing along of seasonal favorites.

Joining FCS are special guests from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s Suzuki strings program. In addition to performing, the guests will showcase a miniature violin and cello for children to try in a “string instrument petting zoo” before and after the concert.

The Suzuki strings program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers classes for violin, viola, and cello. Suzuki studies can begin as early as age 3. More information will be available at the “Let It Snow” – Holiday Pajama Jamboree.

FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.

All “Pajama Jamboree” concerts have free admission. Hosted by Education Director Jayne Perkins, these popular programs welcome children and their parents or grandparents to attend in casual dress or pajamas. The audience is invited to bring a blanket and sit on the floor, up close to “meet” the orchestra. Conventional seating is also available. Pajama Jamborees are best suited for children in K4 through fifth grade.

MORE ABOUT THE WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music serves nearly 20,000 people annually through four locations and over 50 off-site partnerships in schools and community centers around Southeast Wisconsin. The mission of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is to provide the finest musical education to the aspiring professional performer as well as to children and adults who desire cultural enrichment or musical self-fulfillment.

The Suzuki strings program at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music offers classes for violin, viola, and cello. Suzuki studies can begin as early as age 3. Students progress through the curriculum sequentially at their own rate, regardless of their grade level at entry. Each student receives a weekly private lesson and a weekly group class. They also perform in studio and department recitals.

The collaboration of parents is essential to the Suzuki philosophy and the success of the students. The program includes ongoing parent education and active participation of parents who serve as the home teacher throughout the week. They also have opportunities for students to perform at local libraries, museums, and sports games! Please come visit the program! They love for families to come and watch them in action. For more information, call 414-276-5760 or email Gretchen at ggrube@wcmusic.org.

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Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “I’ve Got Rhythm,” a free concert on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street).

FCS will share the evening with local performing artist Julio Pabon, an award-winning percussionist/singer and educator. Music with a Latin/African flavor will predominate and children in the audience will have an opportunity to conduct the orchestra’s finale, “Stars and Stripes.” Says Mr. Pabon: “Everything in life has a rhythm and that rhythm crosses all boundaries.” Julio has performed with Milwaukee Public Theater, Present Music, First Stage, Danceworks, and more.

All “Pajama Jamboree” concerts have free admission. Hosted by Education Director Jayne Perkins, these popular programs welcome children and their parents or grandparents to attend in casual dress or pajamas. The audience is invited to bring a blanket and sit on the floor, up close to “meet” the orchestra. Conventional seating is also available. Pajama Jamborees are best suited for children in K4 through fifth grade.

Julio Pabon

Julio started in Milwaukee’s professional music scene in 1997 in the award-winning One Drum World Music Ensemble, performing African/Latin percussion, trumpet, vocals, and dance. By 1998 he was also Musical Director, percussionist, singer, and dancer for Milwaukee Public Theater. He has performed with Present Music, First Stage, Danceworks, and Sindoola African Band. Other professional ensembles he currently participates in in addition to Milwaukee Public Theater are Painted Caves, De La Buena Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Mr. Pabon’s awards that combine efforts in performance and education:

  • WAMI, World Category: De La Buena (2009, 2012, 2015)
  • Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award (2007)
  • WAMI, One Drum world music ensemble (2006)
  • Wisconsin Arts Board – Artist and Community Collaborations Grant (2004)
  • Best of Milwaukee, One Drum, (2003)

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About the Conductor

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