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.

One Hundred Percent Giving Board Award for 2016 from Community Foundation of Western Nevada

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

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Consort Canzona Early Music Instrumental Ensemble
and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
present joint concert
Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Consort Canzona Early Music Instrumental Ensemble and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir present a joint concert on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 Highway 395 (just south of Best Buy). Both groups are affiliates of the Carson City Symphony. This free concert will be at 7:00 p.m. Donations are welcome.

The concert opens with a demonstration of Consort Canzona instruments: soprano, alto, and baritone recorders; harpsichord; and cello. Next, Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Nancy Jones and accompanied by Liz Hastings, will present four "Songs About Rainbows." The choir, now completing its second semester, is for children ages 4 to 12 who are developing their musical skills and love of singing.

Photograph of Consort Canzona at Shepherd of the Sierra 12/1/2017.

Consort Canzona will play instrumental versions of several short pieces of music from the 1200s to the 1700s. These include songs and dances by Thomas Morley, Michael Praetorius, Anthony Holborne, and others. Harpsichordist Jane Giovacchini will play Sonate in La by Josep Freixenet and Les Bouffons by John Bull.

This concert is supported in part by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and by private donations.

For more information and registration, see or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Symphony Youth Strings Concert
Music is for Life Goes to the Movies
Thursday, April 26, 2016

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The Symphony Youth Strings will be presenting a concert, "Music is for Life Goes to the Movies," on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Carson City Community Center at 6:30 p.m. They will be joined by the Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall musicians.

Details about the concert are still pending as of 1/8/2018.

Alexander Tutunov to Present Piano Master Class
Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Dr. Alexander Tutunov will be presenting a piano master class on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. on the stage of the Bob Boldrick Theater in the Carson City Community Cente, 851 E. William St., Carson City. Students participating will have the opportunity to play on the Steinway grand piano that will be used in the April 29th concert at which Tutunov will perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.

This is a free event, open to all who wish to be evaluated or just observe. Those wishing to actively participate in the master class need to contact the Symphony prior to the event by calling 775-883-4154.

CC Symphony Features Pianist Alexander Tutunov
Sunday, April 29, 2018

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The Carson City Symphony presents a concert featuring pianist Alexander Tutunov on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Carson City Community Center, at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Tutunov will be performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3. He has previously appeared in performances with the Carson City Symphony in 2001, 2002, and 2008.

Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent".

Dr. Tutunov maintains a busy performing schedule in Europe, China, Mexico, and the United States as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and on radio and television. Dr. Tutunov is also in demand as an adjudicator for piano competitions.

Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov is Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Artistic director of the SOU International Piano Institute, and was recently named the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.

The concert will also include Gioacchino Rossini's Semiramide Overture, two movements from Elana Roussanova Lucas' Tatarian Dances, and Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, Op. 3, No. 8. The double concerto will feature Carson City Symphony musicians Brian Fox and Eric Stern on the solo violins. Dr. Fox is the Concertmaster of the Symphony and teaches strings in Carson High School and the two middle schools. Mr. Stern is currently serving as the principal of the viola section. Both are members of Nerds of Paradise, the string quartet that provided lobby entertainment at the February 25th concert. The Nerds of Paradise will be presenting a house recital at the Bliss Mansion on June 2nd.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free age 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance at the Nevada Day Store, 716 N. Carson Street; online at (click on "BUY NOW" button, below); and at the door.

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STRAZZ to play for "Mockingbird" Preview
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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STRAZZ will be playing on stage from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. on May 1, 2018, at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall prior to the showing of the movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird." The movie is being presented by the Carson City Classic Cinema Club. For more information about the club and about the evening event, see

Nerds of Paradise Present House Recital
Saturday, June 2, 2018

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The Nerds of Paradise, a string quartet composed of members of the Carson City Symphony, will be presenting a house recital on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the beautiful and historic Bliss Mansion in Carson City. The Bliss Mansion is located at 608 Elizabeth St., Carson City, NV. General admission tickets will be available for $25, and tickets for Carson City Symphony Association members will be $20. Wine and desserts will be provided. Seating is limited to 35 guests, so reserve or get your tickets early.

The Nerds of Paradise specializes in string quartet arrangements of popular songs, but also plays standard repertoire. The versatile members of the quartet are Dr. Brian Fox, concertmaster of the Carson City Symphony, on violin; Kat MacMartin, principal of the Symphony's second violin section, on violin; Eric Stern, principal violist with the Symphony, on viola; and Evan Stern, principal bassist with the Symphony, on cello.

For further information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

34th Annual Pops Party Concert at Capital Amphitheater
Sunday, June 10, 2018

Photograph of Cherie Shipley, courtesy of Patrick Kennedy

The 34th Annual Pops Party Concert appears at a new venue this year, the Capital Amphitheater just south of the Nevada State Capital. This free event begins at 6:00 p.m. The Carson City Symphony Chorus and vocalist Cherie Shipley will be joining the Symphony on this concert.

Among other things, the concert will feature music from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein, who would have been celebrating his 100th birthday in 2018, and music by Charles Strouse, composer of "Annie," who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on June 7, 2018.

Seating is available on the semicircular cement seats facing the stage. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For further information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo of Cherie Shipley performing at the Bliss Mansion with Take This. Photo courtesy of Patrick Kennedy.

CC Symphony to Appear in Genoa Americana Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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The Carson City Symphony and Carson City Symphony Chorus will appear on the the Genoa Americana Festival on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Mormon Station State Park at 4:30 p.m. (time is tentatively scheduled). The Symphony has appeared on this annual Fourth-of-July event in Genoa since 2014. Joining the Symphony is talented singer Cherie Shipley.

Thirty-fourth Season at a Glance

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Some 2017-2018 season concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 22, 2017 - with violinist Carla Trynchuk at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 10, 2017 - with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Feb. 25, 2018 - with cellist Stephen Framil at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., April 29, 2018 - with pianist Alexander Tutunov at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • A Sunday in June 2018 - Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with Carson City Symphony Chorus, 3:00 p.m. (tentative)
  • Wed., July 4, 2018 - "Fourth of July" concert at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, NV (tentative)

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.

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

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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 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. 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 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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