Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada

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  8. Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
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  10. Zephyrus Brass Quintet
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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.

Symphony Presents "Becoming Mark Twain" Concert
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Photograph of Twain by A.F. Bradley

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli, presents its 217th concert, "Becoming Mark Twain," on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert is being presented in conjunction with Mark Twain Days, April 21-23. To celebrate Mark Twain and his time in Nevada, the orchestra will perform David Bugli's and McAvoy Layne's "Becoming Mark Twain: Sam Clemens in Nevada" with narrator Tom Strekal. Information about Mark Twain Days, celebrating one of Nevada's most prolific, witty, wise (and wise-cracking) writers, is available at

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Noted concert violinist Andrew Sords will join the orchestra to play Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. Sords has a celebrated career as a soloist, recitalist, and in performances with his trio. Having appeared with nearly 300 orchestras on 4 continents, he has been cited for combining visceral virtuosity with a ravishing tone. This will be his fourth appearance with the Carson City Symphony. His website is at

The program also includes Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Overture, Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Pasquinade," and J.P. Meder's "Hank Monk Schottische."

Narrator Tom Strekal has performed in numerous stage productions in western Nevada. He's a part-time radio host for KUNR Public Radio and full-time host for KNCJ (Nevada Classical and Jazz), and has announced at Reno Aces games, emceed regional events, and been a Ghost Walk Guide. He read a biography of Sam Clemens/Mark Twain on his 10,000-mile post-undergraduate trip around America and was captivated by the man and myth; moving to Carson City cemented the relationship.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets are for sale online at (See "Buy now" button below) and will be available at the door. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photograph of Tom Strekal

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalant's Carson City Donor Center, 256 E. Winnie Lane, April 15 through 22. To schedule an appointment, go to, call 775-887-9111, or make an appointment in person.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Concert Preview with Andrew Sords begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2022-23 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations.

For information, see or call (775) 883-4154.

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"Becoming Mark Twain" concert

"Becoming Mark Twain" concert
April 23, 2023
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Photos of author Mark Twain, violinist Andrew Sords, and narrator Tom Strekal.

Musicians Wanted for April 23, 2023, Concert
Posted: March 4, 2023

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The Carson City Symphony is looking for a few more players for the April 23, 2023, concert. In particular, we are in need of trumpet, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and string bass players. The first rehearsal will be on March 8, 2023. The "Becoming Mark Twain" concert, which is part of the Mark Twain Days celebration (April 21-23) will include Mozart "Music Flute" Overture, Gottschalk's "Pasquinade," Bugli's "Becoming Mark Twain" with a "Mark Twain" narrator, Meder's "Hank Monk Schottische," and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with violinist Andrew Sords. Rehearsals are planned for Wednesday nights (3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 (location TBD), 4/12, and 4/19) from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. and on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 775-883-4154, email, or, even better, fill out the online form. Click HERE to fill out the "Are you playing?" questionnaire about the concert.

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Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir
Meets on Tuesdays - Join Now!

Photograph of the choir performing Dec. 12, 2022

Media Release - February 3, 2023: Carson City Symphony Association announces the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir has begun its 2023 Spring Semester. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at an upstairs classroom at the First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Musser Street in Carson City. Sign ups continue until February 7.

The Choir, led by Michelle Powers, welcomes children ages 4 to 12 from Carson City and surrounding areas. Powers said, "Weekly rehearsals develop students' musical skills, strong singing voices, and joy in music. I am excited to begin a new season of singing and playing, creating music, and making new friends!"

Tuition for the semester is free. To help offset the cost of music, supplies, insurance, the instructor's and accompanist's stipends, and more, parents are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association, but it is not a requirement.

Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, an educational program of the Carson City Symphony Association, was founded in 2017 and has been directed by Michelle Powers since fall of 2019. It 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 form, contact director Michelle Powers at 775-720-1916 or

Photo: Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir directed by Michelle Powers performing at McFadden Plaza in Carson City in December 2022.

Carson City Symphony 2022-2023 Season (39th Season)
Listing updated: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2022

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The Carson City Symphony announces the following concert dates and events for its 39th season:

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at Hall Recital Hall, UNR.

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Carson Chamber Singers Concert at First United Methodist Church, Carson City.

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Symphony Concert with Jessica Dodge, saxophone, and Michelle Powers, flute.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Sierra Place Senior Living (Carson City).

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir performs at Skyline Estates Senior Living (Carson City) and Carson Valley Senior Living (Gardnerville).

Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 3:00 p.m., STRAZZ and Friends perform for Tree Lighting at Carson Mall. Free.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. - Annual Holiday Treat Concert

Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. - House Recital with Brian Fox and Eric Kao.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022 - Carol Playalong for Strings at Carson Mall.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Symphony Concert with Brian Fox, violin soloist.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. - Symphony Youth Strings concert at CC Community Center.

Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Symphony "Becoming Mark Twain" Concert with Andrew Sords, violin, and Tom Strekal, narrator.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" in Carson City (location TBD),

Sunday, May 7, 2023 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson Chamber Singers perform "Israel in Egypt" in Nightingale Hall, UNR, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - Annual Pops Party Concert (proposed date).

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 - Fourth of July Concert at Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, NV.

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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.

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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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