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, 123 E. State Street entrance.

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 a Halloween Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 123 E. State Street entrance.

This season’s popular Halloween Pajama Jamboree will not only see the orchestra and audience in costume, but feature talented young local actor Chris Orth, appearing as the prolific Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 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 “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, 123 E. State Street entrance.

The featured guests will be Homestead High School’s student vocal ensemble, under the direction of Kristin Hougy. They will join us in an evening of holiday tunes culminating in an audience sing along of seasonal favorites. 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.

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Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Latin Pajama Jamboree,” a free concert on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 123 E. State Street entrance.

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)

About the Conductor

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