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Festival City Symphony Opens Symphony Sundays Season with “Thanksgiving Promises” Concer

The concert will include uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks.

By - Oct 10th, 2017 09:25 am

Milwaukee, Wis.Festival City Symphony will begin its 2017-2018 “Symphony Sundays” series with a concert titled Thanksgiving Promises on Sun., Nov. 12, at 3:00 pm at the Pabst Theater, 144 East Wells Street.

The concert will include uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks. FCS will feature rich and expansive music from four master composers: William Walton’s “Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire),” Jennifer Higdon’s “All Things Majestic: I. Teton Range,” Aaron Copland’s grand “Suite” from “The Tender Land,” and Antonín Dvořák’s graceful “Symphony no. 8, op. 88 in G.”

Newly appointed Music Director Carter Simmons looks forward to his inaugural season and to “creating evocative and engaging programs that have elements of serious, new, and light-classical music.” Mr. Simmons is already well-known in the Milwaukee music community as Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), a position he has held for 24 years.  Under his leadership MYSO was awarded a 2015 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.  He has also conducted the Florentine Opera, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Racine Symphony, the Kenosha Symphony, and more.

FCS welcomes children to these concerts, which are most appropriate for those in second grade and older. Prior to each concert at 2:45 p.m., Lynn Roginske presents “Children’s Program Notes,” offered to help children become familiar with the music they are about to hear. Performer, composer, and music educator Lynn Roginske will be the Children’s Program Notes host beginning this season. Ms. Roginske is currently on the faculty of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and was a music and adaptive music specialist for MPS for 25 years and a music instructor at Alverno College.

Admission to each concert is $14 for adults and $8 for children, students, and seniors. Season ticket family packs admit an entire family to all four concerts for just $85 and may be purchased online at festivalcitysymphony.org. Call FCS at 414-365-8861 for information about group ticket sales or purchasing season packs via mail. Individual tickets may be purchased in person at the Pabst Theater Box Office, by calling the box office at 414-286-3205, or online at pabsttheater.org.

Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony, the oldest performing symphony orchestra in the area, showcases area professional musicians. Its mission is to educate the community and extend the reach of classical music with reasonable pricing and informative formats that embrace people of all ages. For more information, visit festivalcitysymphony.org or call 414-365-8861.

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