Classical Music for All Ages
Season Family, Couples, Single Adult, and Senior (60+)/Student Ticket Packs are available! Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 ticket pack! Buy before September 1, 2018 to take advantage of discounted Early Bird pricing on season Family Packs.
Please note concert time change: Symphony Sundays will begin one hour earlier this season starting at 2:00pm.
Select Sundays at 2:00pm at The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee with Children’s Program Notes beginning at 1:45pm 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 FCS. Before the concerts, families can also enjoy a Children’s Program Notes presentation by music educator Lynn Roginske beginning at 1:45pm in the East Lobby. Symphony Sundays are best enjoyed by school age children in grade 2 and above.
Read more about Symphony Sunday conductor Carter Simmons.
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Symphony Sundays 2018-2019 Concert Schedule
September 30, 2018 | Glorious Symphonists
Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2018-2019 season, “Glorious Symphonists,” will be on Sunday, September 30, 2018, 2:00pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.
Join the musicians of Festival City Symphony led by Music Director Carter Simmons for a glorious season-opening performance! Savor the sounds of the homeland, grand opera, and composers’ heartfelt emotion as the orchestra performs rich and compelling romantic era compositions. The program will end with Tchaikovsky’s expansive Fifth Symphony, a work both profound in expression and deeply personal in its beauty. Experience some of the world’s greatest music composed by these “Glorious Symphonists.”
- Hector Berlioz Overture to Les Franc-Juges, op. 3
- Antonin Dvorak Slavonic Dances
- Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5
March 31, 2019 | Copland and Levy: American Masters
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Copland and Levy: American Masters,” a Symphony Sundays concert at 2pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. The concert will feature Todd Levy, Principal Clarinet for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more about Todd Levy.
Join Festival City Symphony and Music Director Carter Simmons for “Copland and Levy: American Masters,” a memorable concert of music that stirs the senses! Renowned guest soloist, Todd Levy, the Principal Clarinet of the beloved Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a Grammy Award-winning artist, is known throughout the world as a master of our age. This extraordinary musical event also features music by present day composer, Jessie Montgomery, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American icon, Aaron Copland.
- Frederick Delius Brigg Fair; An English Rhapsody
- Aaron Copland Concerto for Clarinet
- Jessie Montgomery Starburst
- Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
January 27, 2019 | Our Home in Vienna
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Our Home in Vienna,” a Symphony Sundays concert at 2:00pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. This concert is our 2019 Girl Scout Day at the Symphony. Mail in your order for Girl Scout ticket pricing.
There is no more important place in music history than Vienna, Austria. Featuring works from the great stages and concert halls, Festival City Symphony and Music Director Carter Simmons present “Our Home in Vienna” with lovely and engaging compositions by four Viennese masters. Renew an appreciation for the remarkable culture and history of this city and hear masterpieces by composers who are…at home in Vienna.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to the Magic Flute, K. 620
- Gustav Mahler Blumine
- Johann Strauss II Where the Citrons Bloom
- Franz Schubert Symphony no. 3 in D major
May 5, 2019 | Rhapsody and Romance: Legends of the Piano
The Symphony Sundays’ season will conclude with “Rhapsody and Romance: Legends of the Piano” on May 5, 2019 at 2pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. The concert will feature acclaimed Milwaukee pianist Jeannie Yu. Click here for more about Jeannie Yu.
Among the greatest concertos ever penned, Chopin’s First Piano Concerto will round out Festival City Symphony’s powerful season finale, “Rhapsody and Romance: Legends of the Piano.” Join Music Director Carter Simmons and guest pianist, Jeannie Yu, for a performance of this majestic music and be transported by her superb command of the instrument. The music of another piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt, will provide a fiery and brilliant opening to Festival City Symphony’s final incredible Symphony Sunday performance of the season.
- Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2, S. 359
- Franz Liszt Les Preludes, S. 97
- Frederic Chopin Piano Concerto no. 1, op. 11