Symphony Sundays

Classical Music for All Ages

Season Ticket Packs for Families, Couples, Single Adult, and Senior (60+)/Students are available!  Click here to purchase your 2019-2020 ticket pack!  Buy before September 1, 2019 to take advantage of discounted Early Bird pricing on season Family Packs.


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 2019-2020 Concert Schedule

September 22, 2019 | Esplanade: Pictures at an Exhibition

Festival City Symphony’s first “Symphony Sundays” concert of the 2019-2020 season, “Esplanade: Pictures at an Exhibition,” will be on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 2:00pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.

Take a spectacular journey with Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony and Music Director Carter Simmons as the 2019-2020 season opens with Modest Mussorgsky’s Russian masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by French composer Maurice Ravel. Paired with music of warmer climes and Spanish brilliance, this captivating concert will transport the listener on a musical Promenade.

  • José Pablo Moncayo                    Huapango
  • Enrique Granados                         Intermezzo from “Goyescas”
  • Manuel de Falla                              The Three Cornered Hat: Suite no. 2
  • Modest Mussorgsky/Ravel      Pictures at an Exhibition


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Date TBD | Let Freedom Ring!

Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Let Freedom Ring,” a Symphony Sundays concert at 2pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street. This concert has been postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.

  • John Downey          Ode to Freedom
  • Howard Hanson     Symphony no. 5, op. 43, “Sinfonia Sacra”
  • Paul Hindemith      Mathis der Maler

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November 10, 2019 | Tales and Impressions

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony will perform “Tales and Impressions,” 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.

Festival City Symphony and Music Director Carter Simmons invite you to experience a concert of works by two Frenchmen who changed music forever. The mysterious, provocative, and beautiful music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel uses all the colors of the orchestra to depict stories and myths from the ballet and concert stage. From enchanted woods to an Empress’s Garden, this music will open a world of sound for you.

  • Claude Debussy    Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Petite Suite
  • Maurice Ravel        Pavane for a Dead Princess and Mother Goose (Ballet)


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 Date TBD | Monuments

The Symphony Sundays’ season will conclude with “Monuments” at 2pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.

The concert will feature FCS Principal Flute, Emma Koi, performing Mozart’s beautiful and athletic first Flute Concerto on a program of monumental works by composers who provided the foundation to everything we enjoy at the symphony. Join Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony led by Music Director Carter Simmons for the final Symphony Sunday of the season and a performance of music both exciting and consequential.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven              Coriolan Overture, op. 62
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart    Flute Concerto, No. 1, K.313 in G
    • Emma Koi, Principal Flute, Festival City Symphony
  • Johannes Brahms                          Symphony no. 1, op. 68 in C minor

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