Classical Music for All Ages
Select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
Children’s Program Notes at 2:45 p.m. in the east lobby.
With four concerts each season, the Symphony Sundays—Classical Music for All Ages concert series makes classical music accessible to everyone, including single adults, couples, seniors, music students, families, and children. Symphony Sundays are informal events that welcome newcomers and established symphony enthusiasts alike. The historic Pabst Theater offers relaxed, yet elegant surroundings for these afternoons at the symphony.
Concertgoers will be inspired by the masterpieces of renowned composers presented by the professional musicians of Festival City Symphony. Conductor Monte Perkins offers descriptive program information from the stage. The educational aspects of FCS’s Symphony Sundays programs are further highlighted in its pre-concert “Children’s Program Notes.” This interactive orientation session led by Education Director Jayne Perkins prepares children for the music they are about to hear, to help them understand and enjoy it more.
To join Milwaukee’s oldest performing symphony orchestra for Symphony Sundays at The Pabst Theater, click here for FCS admission prices and ticket purchasing instructions.
Symphony Sundays 2016-2017 Concert Schedule
Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2016-2017 season, “Music for the Birds,” will be on Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
We begin our season with a program inspired by our feathered friends featuring a suite from Tchaikovsky’s great ballet “Swan Lake.” Ottorino Respighi wrote his delightfully descriptive suite “The Birds” based on earlier works by Baroque composers. We’ll also play two overtures, Rossini’s spritely “Overture to The Thieving Magpie” and Johann Strauss’s “Overture to Die Fledermaus.”
On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Going for Baroque,” a Symphony Sundays concert at 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
This program highlights music from the Baroque Era. We begin with the expressive “Adagio” by Albinoni in a setting for full orchestra arranged specifically for FCS. Next we feature two FCS members, trumpeters Gerry Keene and Joe Burzinski, in the regal “Concerto for 2 Trumpets” by Francesco Manfredini. We conclude this boisterous celebration of the Baroque style with the performance of full-orchestra arrangements of two well-known works of the period: G.F. Hanel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras, and J.S. Bach’s popular “Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor” arranged by Leopold Stokowski.
On Sunday, March 26, 2017, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Inspired by the Bard,” a Symphony Sundays concert at 3pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
FCS joins the international arts community in acknowledging the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. We begin with Otto Nicolai’s tuneful and joyful “Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Tchaikovsky wrote several works based on Shakespeare including his romantic but brooding symphonic poem “The Tempest.” “Romeo and Juliet” has inspired artists for paintings, poems, operas, ballets, and orchestral works. We’ve chosen to play a suite from Sergei Prokofieff’s 1935 ballet that includes love music, death music, and character dances.
To close our season we are proud to present to you a work by a too-often overlooked American composer. Amy Beach (1867-1944) was the first internationally acclaimed American woman composer. Her “Gaelic Symphony,” based on English, Scottish, and Irish melodies, was the first symphony composed and published by an American woman. It premiered in 1896 to critical acclaim. To top off our season, noted Milwaukee-based star violinist Frank Almond returns to perform the well known Wieniawski “Violin Concerto in D minor.” We open the concert with Mendelssohn’s exciting “Overture to Ruy Blas,” a perennial audience favorite.
Frank Almond; Photo: Jennifer Brindley
This concert is our 2017 Girl Scout Day at the Symphony. Mail in your order for Girl Scout ticket pricing.
About the Conductor
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