Free Classical Pops Concerts for Children
Select Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No registration required.
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 2017-2018 Concert Schedule
September 27, 2017 | Tunes and Tails
Festival City Symphony will begin its “Pajama Jamboree” season with a free autumn-themed concert on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Popular folk singing duo Fox and Branch will join FCS for a concert of fun and interactive music. Orchestral selections will include Baby Elephant Walk, Light Cavalry Overture, Pink Panther, and more.
November 29, 2017 | Happy Holidays
Festival City Symphony will continue its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Happy Holidays” Pajama Jamboree, a free concert on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street).
Whitefish Bay High School’s Madrigal Singers join FCS for a concert of traditional holiday tunes and an audience sing-along of seasonal favorites.
Orchestral selections will include Selections from “Frozen” (Robert Lopez, arr. Krogstad), Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson), Troika from “Lt. Kije Suite” (Sergei Prokofieff), and Brazilian Sleigh Ride (Percy Faith). Whitefish Bay High School Singers will perform March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland” (Victor Herbert), Christmas Song (Mel Torme), and the singalong Christmas Festival (Leroy Anderson).
FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.
May 16, 2018 | Let’s Meet Beethoven
Festival City Symphony will conclude its “Pajama Jamboree” season with “Let’s Meet Beethoven,” a free spring concert on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 7pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (the main entrance on 929 N. Water Street).
A costumed actor will portray the musical genius, interacting with the audience as the orchestra performs Beethoven’s music. Children in the audience will have an opportunity to conduct the orchestra’s finale.
All “Pajama Jamboree” concerts have free admission. Hosted by Jayne Perkins and conducted by Monte 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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