Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada


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.

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Carson City Symphony to Begin Rehearsals
for Thirty-first Season

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Attention musicians! The Carson City Symphony will begin rehearsals for the 2014-15 concert season on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at the Carson High School band room.

The Symphony, conducted by David Bugli, is a volunteer orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to 21st centuries. It is open to string players at any time without audition, and to other instrumentalists when positions are available. Current openings are for strings and horn. Musicians who are interested in joining should contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

The 2014-15 season includes six concerts, all featuring guest soloists or groups. The opening concert, "A Nevada 150 Concert," is a signature event of the sesquicentennial year. It features the Symphony, Carson City Symphony Chorus, and several guest narrators, and is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, with a preview beginning at 3:15 p.m. Additional concerts will be on December 14, March 1, April 26, a Sunday in June, and July 4. For more information, see the Symphony web site:

Carson City Symphony presents "A Nevada 150 Concert"
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

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The Carson City Symphony will be presenting a concert honoring Nevada on its 150th anniversary of statehood. The concert will be Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. There will be lobby entertainment starting at 3:00 p.m. and conductor David Bugli will present a preview at 3:15 p.m. in the Sierra Room.

The program will feature four compositions, each of them written for or about the state of Nevada. David Bugli's "State of Metamorphosis" is a work originally written in 1989 in honor of Nevada's 125 anniversary. Steven L. Rosenhaus' "Nevada Bagatelles" was written for and dedicated to the 1992 Nevada All-State Orchestra. It was revised and performed in 2007. Bertha Raffetto's "Home Means Nevada" is Nevada's official state song. David Bugli wrote an arrangement for chorus and orchestra that was commissioned by the Reno Philharmonic Assoc. in 2013 with a grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. This arrangement and several corresponding arrangements will be performed by several Nevada adult orchestras and youth ensembles during this Sesquicentennial year. Finally, Jim Cockey's "A Land of Sage and Sun," a work originally written for the Symphony in 2000 in honor of the Millennium, is a major work, and it was written for orchestra, chorus, and several narrators.

Details about ticket cost and availability will be published later.

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Some concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 - Holiday Treat Concert with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., March 1, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., April 26, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • A Sunday in June, 2015 - Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with Carson City Symphony Chorus, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 13, 2015 - with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.

Discount Flex Pass -- Can't commit to concerts dates in advance? Get a Flex Pass! Flex Pass tickets are good for four admissions to any Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers concert(s). You may use the pass any way you choose: bring four people to one concert, two people to two concerts, etc.

Season tickets and flex passes are on sale now. Call 775-883-4154 or download a PDF form from here and just mail it in with your check.

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 Strings in the Schools 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 (click here) 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 is also adjunct faculty at Western Nevada College.

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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 rehearsals are on Wednesday nights, 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. The Carson City Symphony Chorus is a larger version of this group.

For chamber music, see the Silver Strings.

For youth string programs, see 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 is funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Carson City; the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; and private donations.
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