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Carson City Symphony was founded in 1984 as the
Carson City Chamber Orchestra and gave its first concert in October that
year. It is a community orchestra
open to amateur and volunteer professional musicians.
Members come from all walks of life and have ranged from elementary school
students to senior citizens.
The Symphony performs five or more concerts each year for
audiences in Carson City.
has performed in Minden, Gardnerville, Fallon, South Lake Tahoe, and Virginia
City. We play many works by contemporary composers and have commissioned and
premiered several pieces.
One Hundred Percent Giving Board Award for 2016
from Community Foundation of Western Nevada
The Carson City Symphony Assoc. is a member of the
Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.
Carson City Symphony Home Page
Mayor Bob Crowell Has Died
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell and his wife were great supporters of the arts in Carson City.
He supported the Symphony over the years. (He even confided in me that he used to give trumpet
lessons himself long ago.) Bob died this
morning. He had many talents including being a Navy pilot, a story teller, a good listener, and, above all,
a talent for making friends. We will miss his warmth, dedication, and smile.
Click HERE for a beautiful photo montage
prepared by photographer Cathleen Allison. I feel it captures so much that we loved about Mayor Bob.
- David Bugli
Carson City Symphony Announces
Project Euterpe - Episode 6 with Carson Chamber Singers
Media Release: September 10, 2020
Carson City Symphony Association announces release of Project Euterpe Episode 6 with the Carson
Chamber Singers. In this Episode, Choral Conductor Ricky Hutton leads the Carson Chamber Singers
in their first virtual performance. Katie Cardoza accompanies the 21-voice choir on organ. The performance
can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM57-Ar-y6Q
or via the Carson City Symphony's YouTube Channel.
Hutton said he chose Johannes Brahms' "Geistliches Lied (Sacred Song), Op. 30" for the
Singers' 2020 Summer Project because "it is a song about endurance during difficult times,
perseverance, resilience... something we all can relate to now!" Brahms composed the piece in 1856,
at age 23, setting his music to a poem by Paul Flemming (1609-1640).
Carson City Symphony and its associated ensembles have been entertaining people in the Carson
City area for 36 seasons. Because they can't currently perform live and in person, they are producing
a series of video episodes to showcase the talents of their local artists, ensembles, and guest
artists. These episodes, named Project Euterpe ("you-TER-pee") after the Greek muse of music and
poetry, include new productions, excerpts from past concerts, solo and small ensemble performances,
previews of things to come, and master classes taught by guest soloists.
Carson City Symphony ensembles hope to return to regular performances in the future. Meanwhile,
they invite the public to enjoy Project Euterpe videos at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVti_Ih_3sSvQcC_jaljuYw. Links to
episodes are also available on the Symphony website CCSymphony.com and posted on the Facebook page
For more information on Carson City Symphony, its educational programs and performing groups,
Photo: Project Euterpe Episode 6 - Carson Chamber Singers.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Notification
Updated: June 1, 2020, at 7:40 p.m.
Most Carson City Symphony events and rehearsals are on hold, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If there will be any changes, we
will post them on this website, notify CarsonNow.org, and make efforts to contact all participants.
The health of our musicians, audience, and volunteers is our concern. We will be following
advice from city/county and medical professionals as we make our decisions.
Carson City Symphony rehearsals are on hold until further notice. The April 26
Symphony concert with violin soloist Andrew Sords was cancelled, but some of the works planned for
that concert will be worked into future concerts, and Mr. Sords is planning to perform on
our Feb. 228, 2021, concert. The June 14th Pops Party concert planned for the Capital
Amphitheater was cancelled. The Genoa Americana Festival event on Julhy 4, 2020, in Mormon
Station State Park that was to feature the Carson City Symphony, was canceled by the event
organizers. In addition, activites of the Carson Chamber Singers, Symphony Youth Strings,
Consort Canzona, Not Ready for Carnegia Hall Players (NQR), and Joyful Noise Carson Childrens
Choir are on hold.
We will be evaluating
if there need to be changes to other programs, due
to the Coronavirus situation. However, we are hoping to be able to resume rehearsal and
plans for events in the fall if the situation permits.
Carson City Symphony Association presents Project Euterpe
Updated: June 21, 2020
The Carson City Symphony and its associated ensembles have been entertaining people in the
Carson City area for 36 seasons. Because they can't currently perform live, in person,
they are producing a series of once-or-twice-weekly video episodes to showcase the talents
of their local artists, ensembles, and guest artists. These episodes, called Project
Euterpe ("you-TER-pee"), will include excerpts from past concerts, some solo and small
ensemble performances, previews of things to come, and perhaps some of the master classes
taught by our guest soloists.
Project Euterpe is named for the muse of music in Greek mythology. She and her eight sisters,
the other muses, lived on Mt. Olympus and entertained their father Zeus and the other Olympian
gods with their artistry. Symphony Conductor David Bugli said, "Euterpe was known by ancient
poets as the 'Giver of delight,' and ancient Greek musicians would call on her aid in composing
their lyric poetry and music. So, we are calling on her aid to help us communicate with our
We have set up a YouTube Channel where you can see information on all our episodes. The channel
is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVti_Ih_3sSvQcC_jaljuYw.
Here is some information on our current episodes:
- Episode 1 - Introduction to Project Euterpe & Macy's "Duality" -
This first episode include a brief piano solo by conductor David Bugli, after which he
explains the aims of Project Euterpe. That is followed by an excerpt from Carleton Macy's
"Duality for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra," featuring soloist Rhett Bender.
- Episode 2 - Fanfare for the Family Farm -
In the first part of this episode, Carson City Symphony Conductor David Bugli interviews
Lorraine Manatt, head of the Symphony's percussion section. They lightheartedly discuss
on Zoom the process of preparing her section for a performance of Gwyneth Walker's
"Fanfare for the Family Farm." The section uses some unusual instruments and takes
an unusual approach to concert dress. The performance took place on April 28, 2019.
In the second part, the Symphony performs "Fanfare for the Family Farm." It is a
boisterous celebration of life on a family-owned dairy farm. The composer, who used to
reside on the Brainstorm Dairy Farm in Braintree, Vermont, wrote this music as an expression
of the joy and humor she finds in living on a dairy farm. See Dr. Walker's website
- Episode 3 - Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet Plays Borodin -
In this episode, Carson City Symphony Conductor David Bugli presents the Rimsky-Korsakov
String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, playing "Nocturne" from Alexander Borodin's
String Quarter No. 2. The performance took place in a house recital on March 15, 2019.
Members of the quartet are Mikhail Bondarev and Ekaterina Belisova, violin; Alexi Popov,
viola; and Anton Andreev, cello. The quartet visited Carson City in March 2019, played
a series of concerts, and held a master class at that time. The Symphony was prepared
to have the quartet return in March 2020, but with complications from the Coronavirus
and other factors, that visit was canceled. We hope to have them return in the fall
- Episode 4 - Tom Miller at 2019 Pops Party -
In this episode, Carson City Symphony Conductor David Bugli interviews entertainer Tom Miller.
Tom is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, flutist, saxophonist, and luthier (maker of string
instruments), among other things. He was featured soloist on the Symphony's June 9, 2019,
Pops Party Concert at Nevada's Capital Amphitheater. The June 14, 2020, live concert
had to be canceled; in place, we present Tom performing with the Symphony in 2019 on
two arrangements of his original compositions, "Mexicali" and "Somethin' About You."
The Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of guest conductor Ricky Hutton, joined
us on the latter to sing and rock out to Tom's great music.
- Episode 5 - Fathers Day & Papa Haydn -
In this episode, in honor of Fathers Day 2020, we present music by the man considered the
"father of the symphony" and the "father of the string quartet," Franz Joseph Haydn. He was
a major and revered influence on composers who came after him, including Mozart and Beethoven.
His patrons, the Esterhazy family, built a palace in a remote area of what is now Hungary and
required Haydn to write many musical works to entertain them and impress their guests.
He produced 104 symphonies, over 80 string quartets, numerous operas and masses, and other works.
This episode features our concertmaster, Dr. Brian Fox, performing the second and
third movements of Haydn's First Violin Concerto. The preview, concerning this piece, and
concert were recorded Oct. 20, 2019.
- Episode 6 - Brahms' "Geistliches Lied (Sacred Song), Op. 30" -
In this Episode, Choral Conductor Ricky Hutton leads the Carson Chamber Singers in their first
virtual performance. Katie Cardoza accompanies the 21-voice choir on organ. Hutton said he chose
Johannes Brahms' "Geistliches Lied (Sacred Song), Op. 30" for the Singers' 2020 Summer Project
because "it is a song about endurance during difficult times, perseverance, resilience...
something we all can relate to now!"
Illustration: Painting of Euterpe, Muse of Music and Lyric Poetry, by Simon Vouet.
INFORMATION ON 2019-2020 SEASON (36TH SEASON)
- Sun., Oct. 20, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with Brian Fox, violin.
- Sun., Dec. 15, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
- Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Stephen Caplan, oboe.
- Sun., April 26, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Andrew Sords, violin.
- Sun., June 14, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert Pops Party Concert at the Capital Amphitheater.
- Sat., July 4, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Genoa Americana Celebration.
ALL-DAY EVENT CANCELED
SOME PRELIMINARY INFORMATION ON 2020-2021 SEASON (37TH SEASON)
- Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center
with guest conductor and violinist Gabriel Giro.
- Sun., Dec. 13, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
- ...further information pending...
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This season's concerts have been made possible, in
part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National
Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The orchestra is a licensee of ASCAP and BMI, and a member of the
and the League of American Orchestras.
David C. Bugli, Music Director and Conductor, has a
Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from Ithaca College, New York,
where he studied composition for four years with Karel Husa. He has a Master
of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to
conducting, he plays classical and jazz piano, tuba, and trombone, and he
composes and arranges music. He was also an adjunct faculty at Western Nevada College.
Conductor David Bugli
David C. Bugli, Music Director and Conductor
Carson City Symphony
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Most Symphony rehearsals are on Wednesday nights (late August through late May), 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., in the band room at
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The Carson Chamber
Singers is a choral
group that has been associated with the Carson City Symphony since 1985. The Carson City Symphony
Chorus is a larger version of this group.
For chamber music, see the Silver Strings.
For youth string programs, see Symphony Youth Strings (formerly
Strings in the Schools).
For information on events at the Brewery Arts Center,
Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.,
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Carson City Symphony is funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a
state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency;
Carson City; Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
Carson City Cultural Commission, and private donations.
This page last updated 9/12/2020