The mission of Festival City Symphony, the oldest performing symphony orchestra in Milwaukee, is to educate the community and extend the reach of classical music with reasonable pricing and informative formats that embrace people of all ages.
FCS showcases area professional musicians in its two concert series: Symphony Sundays—Classical Music for All Ages and Pajama Jamborees—Classical Pops Concerts for Children and Families. Each season, FCS performs four Symphony Sundays concerts on Sunday afternoons, plus three Pajama Jamborees on select Wednesday evenings. FCS’s casual, family-friendly classical concerts have entertained audiences for more than 80 years! View our full schedule of Symphony Sundays concerts and Pajama Jamborees. Purchase individual tickets by calling the Pabst Theater Box Office at 414-286-3205 or visiting pabsttheater.org.
Festival City Symphony will begin its Pajama Jamboree season with a FREE Holiday Pajama Jamboree concert on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature traditional holiday favorites, including performances by the Whitefish Bay High School Choir. To help celebrate the season, the concert will conclude with FCS’s traditional holiday sing-along.
FCS encourages attendees to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s HUNGER TASK FORCE.
The Pajama Jamboree series will continue with Winter Pajama Jamboree on Wed., Feb. 12, 2020. The orchestra will cure the winter blues with a concert of cheerful music featuring a guest performance by students of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Orchestra.
Join FCS and Music Director Carter Simmons for a powerful concert featuring master composers and hometown connections. Milwaukee’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer and educator John Downey influenced many musical lives through his work at UWM and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Experience his "Ode to Freedom" along with the intensely powerful music of the then Director of the Eastman School, Howard Hanson, and Paul Hindemith, whose music reflects the experiences of Saints John, Anthony, and Paul in resistance and victory over tyranny.