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NOTICE: March & May Concerts Postponed


In accordance with the recommendations of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services concerning COVID-19, Festival City Symphony has decided to end its Symphony Sundays and Pajama Jamborees 2019-2020 season. The final two Symphony Sunday concerts, “Let Freedom Ring!” and “Monuments,” originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22 and Sunday, May 3 at 2pm at The Pabst Theater, will be rescheduled for …

Jeannie Yu Featured in "Rhapsody and Romance: Legends of the Piano" Concert May 5, 2019

Jeannie Yu Featured in “Rhapsody and Romance: Legends of the Piano” Concert May 5, 2019


Jeannie Yu was awarded first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony International Concerto Competition, and the Kingsville Piano Competition.  She earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree program at the Juilliard School where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree.  She was awarded an accompanist …

Todd Levy Featured in "Copland and Levy: American Masters" Concert March 31, 2019

Todd Levy Featured in “Copland and Levy: American Masters” Concert March 31, 2019


Principal clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, three-time Grammy Award-winner Todd Levy has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, with the Israel Philharmonic, and at the White House; as chamber musician with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Miro, and Miami …

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Program Notes: “Legends and Masters” Symphony Sundays – May 13, 2018


Festival City Symphony: May 13, 2018 | Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Carl Maria von Weber November 18, 1786; Eutin June 5, 1826; London Overture to “Der Freischütz” Derived from German legend, Weber’s opera, Der Freischütz, is filled with Teutonic superstition and diabolical elements. Pacts with the devil, magic bullets, eerie forests and mystical incantations were all part of this …

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Program Notes: “Passion, Beauty, and Light” Symphony Sundays – March 25, 2018


Festival City Symphony: March 25, 2018 | Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Gabriel Fauré May 12, 1845; Pamiers, France November 4, 1924; Paris Pavane, Opus 50 Quintessentially French, Fauré’s compositional style is particularly refined. His music, often said to be the reflection of French civilization in sound, demonstrates not only his artistic restraint, but also the unique qualities of his …


A Personal Note from Retiring Executive Director Linda Jones


I will be bringing to a close 35 wonderful years (1982 – 2017) spent with the orchestra on this stage today, twelve years under its former name, Milwaukee Civic Symphony Orchestra, and 23 years under its current name, Festival City Symphony (FCS).  I was first a musician in the orchestra when I auditioned in 1981 to be on Civic Orchestra’s …

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Program Notes: “Saints and Heroes” Symphony Sundays – Jan. 28, 2018


Festival City Symphony: 01/28/18 Program Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2018 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Egmont: Overture Shortly after Napoleon’s second invasion of Vienna in the spring of 1809, the Vienna Court Theaters hired Josef Hartl as its new director. Taking advantage of a general relaxation of censorship, Hartl scheduled two revolutionary plays: Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell and Goethe’s Egmont. Beethoven expressed …

Brandon Yahn Operations Director Festival City Symphony

Welcome Brandon Yahn


Please join Festival City Symphony in welcoming Brandon Yahn to the role of FCS Operations Director. As Principal Horn with FCS and band director with the West Bend School District, Brandon already has an intimate knowledge of music. His experience as a performing musician and teacher brings great insight and wisdom to this new position as he expands his skills …

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Program Notes: “Thanksgiving Promises” Symphony Sundays – Nov. 12, 2017


Festival City Symphony: 11/12/17 Program Notes by Roger Ruggeri © 2017   William Walton (1902-1983) Spitfire Prelude and Fugue A revered mid-20th-century English composer, Walton celebrated the spirit of his homeland with music of rhythmic drive, contrapuntal textures, brilliant orchestration and long melodic lines. He produced music in virtually all instrumental forms and was particularly successful in creating dramatic music …

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Welcome Lynn Roginske


Festival City Symphony welcomes Lynn Roginske as new host of the Symphony Sundays “Children’s Program Notes.” This pre-concert activity introduces children to the music they are about to hear. Ms. Roginske is a music educator, pianist and singer. On the faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, she teaches piano and voice, music theory and composition, as well as early …