Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada

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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. It also 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.

Our Mission Statement (2019)

The mission of Carson City Symphony Association is to
(1) enhance the quality of life in northern Nevada by providing creative, educational, and social opportunities for amateur and volunteer professional instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages;
(2) educate and entertain a broad and diverse audience, including residents, visitors, and tourists;
(3) enhance music education for the K-12 student population and adults; and
(4) expand our reputation for adventurous programming by playing music by contemporary composers and featuring non-traditional solo instruments.

The Carson City Symphony Assoc. is a member of the Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.

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Picture of Carson Chamber Singers in concert Nov. 11, 2019.

Carson City Symphony to Open 40th Season with Concert on
Sunday, October 22, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony begins its fortieth season with a concert called "Life Begins at Forty." The concert will be on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. This will be the 220th Carson City Symphony concert under the baton of Conductor and Music Director David Bugli. Joining the orchestra as soloist is bassoonist and University of Nevada, Reno faculty member Eric Fassbender, performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191.

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In honor of its fortieth season, the Carson City Symphony Association commissioned composer Michael Kibbe to write an overture for the Symphony called "For Forty." This will be premiered by the Symphony on the concert. Also on the program is William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American"), Gwyneth Walker's "Open the Door," and David Bugli's "State of Metamorphosis," a work premiered on Oct. 22, 1989, and written in honor of Nevada's 125th Aniversary (1989).

Eric Fassbender teaches bassoon, woodwind chamber music, and academic music courses at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the principal bassoonist of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and performs frequently with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles in the region. Eric has given solo recitals at the International Double Reed Society conference in Granada, and at national and regional conferences of the Society of Composers, and has presented masterclasses at universities in Michigan, California, and Nevada. He is an active commissioner and performer of new works for double reeds. A native of Marquette, Michigan, Eric holds degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the University of Nevada Reno, and Northern Michigan University. He studied bassoon with Janis McKay, Christin Schillinger, and Grant. Eric lives in Reno with his wife, Melanie, director of bands at O'Brien Middle School.

Information about tickets, concert preview, and lobby entertainment will be posted later.

Photo: Bassoonist Eric Fassbender performs Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major to help open the Symphony's 40th season.

Carson City Symphony 2023-2024 Season (40th Season)
Listing updated: Sept. 13, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony announces the following concert dates and events for its 40th season:

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - 3:45 p.m. (new time!) - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV, with Tom Miller, vocal soloist

Sunday, July 23, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - House Recital by Brian Fox and Eric Kao in Jacks Valley.

Friday, October 20, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at First United Methodist Church (Carson City)

Saturday, October 21, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at Epworth United Methodist Church, 280 E. Stillwater Ave., Fallon, NV

Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - Symphony Concert at CC Community Center.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - Annual Holiday Treat Concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - Symphony Concert at CC Community Center with vocal soloist Ricky Hutton.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - Symphony Concert at CC Community Center with piano soloist Alexander Tutunov.

Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. - Annual Pops Party Concert at location TBD (proposed date).

Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 3:45 p.m. - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

Interested in being a member of the Carson City Symphony Association, and support all our non-profit work? Just download a membership form in PFD format from our here and mail it in with your check. It will be appreciated.

To join the Carson City Symphony or Carson Chamber Singers, call 775-883-4154.

For Association membership information, click here.

For feedback that we have received on Carson City Symphony concerts, click here: reviews.

Read about Carson City Symphony's Symphony Youth Strings program.

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 Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition. Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

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.

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Conductor David Bugli

Contact us:
David C. Bugli, Music Director and Conductor
Carson City Symphony
PO Box 2001
Carson City, NV 89702-2001
Phone: (775) 883-4154
Fax: (775) 883-4371

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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 Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Rd., Carson City. Map.

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The Carson Chamber Singers is a choral group that has been associated with the Carson City Symphony since 1985.

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, click here.

Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. Map

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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, and private donations.
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