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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.

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Brian Landrus Performs Saxophone Concerto with Symphony
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

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The Carson City Symphony presents a concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center featuring baritone saxophonist-composer Brian Landrus performing his "Jeru Concerto," a concerto for baritone saxophone and orchestra. He will also perform his short work, "Arrow in the Night," for baritone saxophone and orchestra. Also on the program is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation"), Alfred Reed's "A Festival Prelude," and Bizet's "Carmen Suite No. 1."

Born in 1978 and raised in Nevada, Brian Landrus, began playing saxophone at 12 and was performing professionally by 15. He earned his bachelor's degree in saxophone performance at the University of Nevada-Reno and two master's degrees at New England Conservatory, one in jazz composition and the other in jazz saxophone. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in classical composition at Rutgers. Based in Brooklyn, Landrus founded his own label, BlueLand Records, in 2011. His first releases of all original music via BlueLand were Traverse (a quartet date with Plaxico, Hart and pianist Michael Cain) and Capsule (by the Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, with Cain, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Matthew Paris, drummer Rudy Royston). In 2013, Landrus released a second Kaleidoscope album, Mirage, featuring himself on baritone sax, bass sax, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet and bass flute alongside Felder, Royston, Plaxico on acoustic and electric bass, Frank Carlberg on Rhodes/piano and a string quartet led by violinist Mark Feldman, with Ryan Truesdell conducting/co-producing. The New York Times praised Landrus and Mirage at length, pointing out that "the tenderness in his playing feels as warm and accessible as his writing."

Along with touring the world in superstar Esperanza Spalding's band (on baritone/tenor saxophones and bass clarinet) and playing in Truesdell's prize-winning Gil Evans Project, Landrus has played with some of the world's great musicians: Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, Frank Kimbrough, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, George Garzone, Jason Palmer, Bob Moses, Louis Nash, Peter Epstein, Nicholas Urie, Darryl Harper, David Ake, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, John Lockwood, Ayn Inserto, Alan Ferber, Scott Robinson and Ralph Alessi, among others. Landrus teaches at Rutgers University, The 92Y School of Music in New York City, and The Lagond Music School in Westchester, New York. Brian won the baritone saxophone rising star award in the Downbeat Magazine 2015 competition.

A 20-25 minute preview will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the Sierra Room. Conductor David Bugli will discuss the program with composer and guest baritone saxophone soloist Brian Landrus. They will discuss Mr. Landrus' early years and influences in the Reno area, the use of saxophone in orchestra, jazz elements in classical music, difference in styles between jazz and classical music, and other topics related to the program. Also, since the concert is on the 100th anniversary of the first audio recording of a jazz work, a little bit of history about the significance of recording on the development of jazz will be discussed. These previews typically end with questions from the audience. The preview is funded in part by Nevada Humanities, Nevada's nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Members of STRAZZ and Pizzazz, both parts of the Symphony's Strings in the Schools program, will provide lobby entertainment starting at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for children age 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance at Carson City Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson Street; online at CCSymphony.com (see "BUY NOW" button, below); by mail; and at the door.

This concert is supported, in part, by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Nevada Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by private donations.
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February 2017 Newsletter online
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Two Carson City Students Awarded
Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships

Media Release - January 14, 2017: Carlos Montejana and Alyssa Butler were awarded the first annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association last month. This scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, loved children, and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or two Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons.

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Carlos Montejana, 16, is a junior at Carson High School. He sings in the Carson High School Chamber Choir, loves classical music, and composes and arranges music for orchestra, band, and choir. His music composition "Skyworld," took first place in the state in the Parent-Teacher Student Association Reflections Art Contest last year, and he was recognized in that contest with a special award for overall Outstanding Interpretation of Theme. The Nebesky scholarship will fund piano lessons with Nancy Mielke, a retired music specialist in the Carson City School District.

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Alyssa Butler, 10, is in fifth grade at St. Teresa of Avila School in Carson City. She has studied violin for four years and wants to learn to play cello. Her mother, Colleen Butler, said "Alyssa has always been mesmerized by the cello and has counted down the days until she was old enough or big enough to graduate from the violin to the cello." The Nebesky scholarship will fund cello lessons with Lou Groffman, principal cellist of the Carson City Symphony.

Honorable mention certificates were awarded to Ashlyn Parnham, 13, an 8th grader at Eagle Valley Middle school, who plays clarinet; Kacey Lopes, 17, a senior at Carson High School, who plays violin and drums; and Sierra Kramer,16, a homeschooled student who plays violin.

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall of 2017. For more information about the scholarship and the application process, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

A similar announcement appeared in CarsonNow.org. Click here to read the article.



Help Support Sue Jesch's
GoFundMe Campaign

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Dec. 20, 2016: We truly appreciate the work that our Education Director, Sue Jesch, has done with hundreds of students in our Strings in the Schools Program. Sue is currently dealing with serious medical problems and the medical bills are piling up. Many of you have asked how you can help. We have set up a GoFundMe account to help Sue, and we recently upped our goal to $15,000. If you can help us in this effort, it would be greatly appreciated.

Go to http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/carson-city-rallies-to-support-sue-jesch to read the Dec. 21, 2016, Nevada Appeal article about Sue's situation.

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Some 2016-2017 season concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 16, 2016 - with pianist Maria Fomina at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 - with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Feb. 26, 2017 - with saxophonist Brian Landrus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., April 23, 2017 - with violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambroglio and poet Rita Geil at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017 - Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with Carson City Symphony Chorus, 4:30 p.m. (later start time than in recent years)
  • Tue., July 4, 2017 - "Fourth of July" concert at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, NV (tentative)

Some 2017-2018 season concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 22, 2017 - 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.
  • A Sunday in February 2018 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m. (tentative)
  • A Sunday in April 2018 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m. (tentative)
  • 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.

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 was also an 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 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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