"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 6, 2013 | LONDON BRIDGES

Experience England’s great city when the season opens with two works honoring London. First is Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104 (London),” inspired by his time in London in 1795. Composed more than 100 years later and suggesting sounds heard in Westminster and beyond, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s stimulating “A London Symphony” completes the concert.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014 | A CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT

The first concert in the new year begins with Rossini’s tuneful and energetic “Overture to The Thieving Magpie.” The FCS French horn section will perform as soloists in Robert Schumann’s “Concert Piece for Four Horns.” The program will close with the “Symphony No. 5” of Sergei Prokofieff, a work he described as “about the spirit of man, celebrating freedom, happiness, and strength.”

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 | TIMELESS ROMANCE

This concert features three master works by the same composer, Felix Mendelssohn, beginning with his youthful “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Milwaukee violin soloist and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond again joins FCS for “Violin Concerto in E minor,” Mendelssohn’s last orchestral work. The concert will close with the timelessly romantic “Symphony No. 3 (Scottish),” reminiscent of the novels of Sir Walter Scott.

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SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 | MAGNIFICENT MOODS

The final concert of the season will again feature works from one composer, Robert Schumann, including his great “Piano Concerto in A minor,” with acclaimed Milwaukee pianist Jeannie Yu as soloist. The concert will begin with the moody “Manfred Overture,” based on a poem by Lord Byron. The “Symphony No. 3 (Rhenish)” or “Of the Rhine” then completes the Sunday season with German folk dances and imagery of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral.

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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 23, 2013 | HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR PAJAMA JAMBOREE

Dressed in costume, the orchestra will perform musical “treats” related to the season. Students from the Shorewood High School orchestra program will guest perform. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 | HOLIDAY FROSTY & FRIENDS PAJAMA JAMBOREE

FCS welcomes special guests, Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee's youth choirs, for a concert of holiday favorites and a sing-along. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014 | SPRING IS IN THE AIR PAJAMA JAMBOREE

The orchestra will perform lively selections to celebrate spring with a special guest, folksinger and guitarist David Drake. Youngest audience members will have the opportunity to conduct the finale, “On, Wisconsin.”

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Programming subject to change.