“Symphony Sundays - Classical Music for All Ages” is a concert series that 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 musical masterpieces of renowned composers presented by the professional musicians of Festival City Symphony. Conductor Monte Perkins will offer descriptive program information from the podium.
Concert ticket prices are kept low because of the generosity of our sponsors!
Children's Program Notes - Children who arrive 15 minutes early are invited to participate in Children’s Program Notes, a pre-concert group activity and orientation, presented by Education Director Jayne Perkins, which introduces the music they are about to hear to increase their understanding and enjoyment.
Children's Program Notes begins at 2:45 p.m. “Symphony Sundays” are held Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
“Symphony Sundays” concerts are best suited for children in grade 2 and up.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 | ALL BEETHOVEN
Our season begins with two of the greatest, yet least heard, works of Beethoven. The joyous “Symphony No. 2” is filled with youthful gaiety. The “Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello” better known as the “Triple Concerto” demands three virtuoso soloists. We feature returning guest Jeannie Yu and FCS section leaders Robin Petzold and Stefan Kartman.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 | SEASCAPES
The sea has inspired generations of composers of all nationalities. We've chosen three varied works, all descriptive of the sea's grandeur and ever-changing colors. We start with the “Overture” to Richard Wagner's dramatic romantic opera “The Flying Dutchman.” British composer Frank Bridge shows us the beautiful yet dangerous side in his “The Sea.” Claude Debussy's ever popular “La Mer” completes the program.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015 | AMERICAN MASTERS
Through time, American composers often felt inferior to European masters. The three works featured on this program prove this is false. In this concert, we will feature the exuberant “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland, the romantic and tuneful “Symphony No. 2” by 19th century composer George Whitefield Chadwick, and a beautiful new work by contemporary composer John Rutter, the “Suite Lyrique for Harp and Strings,” featuring the FCS harpist Ann Lobotzke.
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 | RUSSIAN FESTIVAL
The final concert of our season features music from the great Russian tradition. The brilliantly rhythmic ballet music of the “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Borodin includes the melody now known as “Stranger In Paradise” from Kismet. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 3” is called the “Polish Symphony” because of its infectious polonaise dance rhythms. Completing our season is Tchaikovsky’s perennially popular “Marche Slav” with its concluding song of triumph.
Programming subject to change.
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 youngsters (dancers, costumed actors, children's performing groups, etc.) Sometimes audience members even get to conduct!
Pajama Jamborees are held selected Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 123 E. State Street entrance.
Pajama Jamborees are best suited for children in K4 through fifth grades.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014 | HALLOWEEN WITH PETER & THE WOLF
Dressed in costume, FCS invites you to do the same as we celebrate Halloween in an evening of “Peter and the Wolf,” with music and narration.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014 | HOLIDAY STORYTIME
Come hear the reading of “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” and “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” with seasonal background music from the orchestra. Those who wish may bring a non-perishable food donation for HUNGER TASK FORCE.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015 | SPRING INTO SONG
FCS welcomes spring with lively tunes. Young audience members will have the opportunity to conduct the orchestral finale, Sousa’s “Stars & Stripes.”
Programming subject to change.
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