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Festival City Symphony 2019 – 2020 Season

4 Shows
September 22, 2019 | Esplanade: Pictures at an Exhibition
November 10, 2019 | Tales and Impressions
March 22, 2020 | Let Freedom Ring!
May 3, 2020 | Monuments

1:30pm Doors //

2pm Show

September 22, 2019 | Esplanade: Pictures at an Exhibition

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 El Sombrero de Tres Picos, #2Mussorgsky/arr. Ravel   Pictures at an Exhibition

November 10, 2019 | Tales and Impressions

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    Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Petite Suite
    • Maurice Ravel   Pavane pour une infante défunte Ma Mère l’Oye Ballet (Complete)

March 22, 2020 | Let Freedom Ring!

Join Festival City Symphony 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, including Wauwatosa native and world-renowned composer Michael Torke. Experience their compositions 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
    • Michael Torke   December
    • Howard Hanson   Symphony #5, op. 43, ‘Sinfonia Sacra’
    • Paul Hindemith Mathis der Maler


May 3, 2020 | Monuments

Festival City Symphony Principal Flute, Emma Koi, will perform Mozart’s beautiful and athletic first Flute Concertoon 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
    • A. Mozart   Flute Concerto #1 in G, K. 313   Emma Koi, Flute
    • Johannes Brahms Symphony #1 in C minor, op. 68



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Family Pack - $75
Couples Family Pack - $72
Single Adult Pack - $50
Senior (60+)/Student Pack - $28
Special Family Pack Early Bird Price of $75 Ends Sept 1, 2o19!
Individual ticket sales through The Pabst Theater will be available in August.

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Please note that group rates are typically offered for groups of 20 or more, but are sometimes offered for groups of 10 or more. Discounts range from 10-20% but vary from show to show (not all shows support a group rate due to high demand or other restrictions).


Bag Policy - Please Read


To efficiently create a positive and safe experience for all patrons, only small purses (13″W x 4″D x 9″H and smaller) are allowed into the theater and all are subject to search.

All other bags including backpacks and oversized purses are strictly prohibited and bag storage is NOT available at The Pabst, The Riverside, Turner Hall Ballroom or The Back Room @ Colectivo.


Weapons, laser pens, signs, banners, electronic smoking devices (vapes, Juuls, etc.), oversized bags, backpacks, outside food and beverages including water, cans, bottles, alcohol, illegal substances, iPads/tablets, selfie sticks, laptops, professional audio recording devices (unless approved by artist), and any professional photography equipment. The use of vape pens inside the venues are prohibited as well.


Plan to arrive 30 minutes before you want to be in your seat to allow time to go through our security check. Please leave large bags at home or in your car.

We are not responsible for any personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Thank you for helping to make all of our events efficient, enjoyable and safe for all.

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