“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.


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.


Jeannie Yu

Dr. Yu was awarded first prize in the Frinna Awerbuch Piano Competition in New York, the Flint Symphony International Concerto Competition, the Portland Symphony International Concerto Competition, and the Kingsville Piano Competition in Texas. She also earned the prestigious Gina Bachauer Memorial Scholarship Award, a full scholarship for the bachelor and master's degree programs at The Juilliard School of Music. Subsequently she was awarded an accompanist fellowship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.

Dr. Yu has performed as soloist with the Flint Symphony, Portland Symphony, Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Brandenburg Symphony, the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, Sheboygan Symphony, Festival City Symphony, and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra.

As a soloist and collaborative artist she has performed on WQXR in New York, WOI in Des Moines, WFMT in Chicago, and numerous chamber music series such as the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Series, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music North, Three Bridges Chamber Music Festival, Frankly Music Series, MidSummer's Music Festival in Door County, and the Rembrandt Chamber Players Series in Chicago of which she is an Associate Member.

Dr. Yu has performed and taught master classes as a faculty member of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Ohio Wesleyan Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival, and the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute. She is a member of the Trio Antigo based in Madison, Wisconsin, and Florestan Duo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who has recently recorded the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven.

Robin Petzold

Concertmaster of Festival City Symphony since 1991, Ms. Petzold grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and earned her Bachelors Degree in Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After playing in several orchestras in Tampa, Florida, and Seattle, Washington, Ms. Petzold moved to Milwaukee. In addition to her work with FCS, she is Concertmaster of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, a regular player in the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. She also works regularly with the Milwaukee Symphony, including the 1992 tours to Japan and New York, 1999 tour to Cuba, Carnegie Hall in 2012, and annual tours to numerous locations around Wisconsin.

Stefan Kartman

Dr. Kartman is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he teaches cello, chairs the string area, and coordinates the chamber music program. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of Trio Antigo, the Kneisel Trio, and the Florestan Duo, giving performances and masterclasses in conservatories and schools of music worldwide including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the China Conservatory and the Xiamen Conservatory of Music, and the D'Albaco Conservatory of Music, among many others.

An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has served on the faculties of the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Tory Youth Chamber Music Institute, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. His early training in chamber music was with his father, Myron Kartman of the Antioch String Quartet; during his formal training as a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Trio.

Dr. Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University and The Juilliard School of Music, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He has been teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris, and Anthony Cooke.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



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.