Free Classical Pops Concerts for Children
Select Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. 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 2018-2019 Concert Schedule
Festival City Symphony will begin its “Pajama Jamboree” season with a free Halloween-themed concert on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the orchestra and the audience are invited to come in costume for a concert of music depicting characters children dress up as for Halloween. Kids can participate in a costume parade at the conclusion of the concert!
November 28, 2018 | Holiday Pajama Jamboree
Festival City Symphony will present a free “Holiday Pajama Jamboree” on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 7:00pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature traditional holiday music as well as poems of the holidays set to music, including Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, The Night Before Christmas, and I Don’t Believe in Santa Claus. Former WTMJ newsman Mark McLaughlin will narrate, and 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.
May 8, 2019 | Spring Pajama Jamboree
Festival City Symphony will conclude its season with a free “Spring Pajama Jamboree” concert titled “Songs With and Without Words” on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:00pm in the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. In a program including children’s songs, patriotic tunes, and other well-known favorites, area guest vocalists will teach the audience members how to sing the songs the orchestra will be performing. As always, FCS will close its season with children from the audience conducting the orchestral finale “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
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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