Carson City Symphony, Carson City, Nevada

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  3. Past Seasons and Past Events
  4. Program Notes
  5. Carson Chamber Singers
  6. Symphony Youth Strings
  7. Consort Canzona (Facebook page)
  8. Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
  9. Silver Strings (separate website)
  10. Zephyrus Brass Quintet
  11. Symphony Youth Chorus
  12. Performer, Soloist, and Board Information
  13. Newsletters
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  15. Audio
  16. Membership Information and Application
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  18. Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule and Location
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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 Present "We Got Rhythm" Concert
Sunday, April 28, 2024

Photograph of Alexander Tutunov

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli and Assistant Conductor Brian Fox, presents a concert, "We Got Rhythm," on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street in Carson City.

The concert features music of George Gershwin with piano soloist Alexander Tutunov. The program includes Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," "I Got Rhythm Variations," and "Porgy and Bess Medley"; John Barnes Chance's "Variations on a Korean Folk Song"; and Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn."

Pre-show entertainment by the Carson Street Ragtime Band begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, and a free "Meet-the-Soloist" concert preview with Alexander Tutunov, David Bugli, and Brian Fox, begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

Alexander Tutunov is noted as one of the most gifted pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union. He displays dazzling virtuosity and an impassioned, fiery temperament, all in the tradition of Russian pianism at its best. He lives in Ashland, OR, 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 has been the Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Principal Guest Soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony orchestra, and the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China. This will be his fifth visit to Carson City to perform with the Symphony.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets are on sale online at (see "Buy April Tickets Now" button, below) or at the door. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are also available at

The Symphony is a volunteer orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2023-24 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations. For more information, see the Symphony web site:

"We Got Rhythm" concert

"We Got Rhythm" concert
Sun., April 28, 2024

$15.00 - $18.00

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Photo: Pianist Alexander Tutunov will play music by Gershwin with Carson City Symphony on April 28.

Remembering Jane Johnson
Died March 24, 2024

Photograph of Jane at Reno Phil's 'Play for a Day' event 2019

We are sad report that Jane Johnson died on Sunday, March 24, 2024, around 3:00 a.m. We got a call from Kristin Kimmerling, her daughter, that morning. She reported that her mother and her doctor recently discovered that Jane had a rare but fast-moving carcinoma. Kristin assured me that Jane was not in pain when she died.

Jane Johnson was long associated with the Carson City Symphony. She was an early member of the Carson Chamber Singers and had even participated in the second concert of the Carson City Symphony as a member of the Carson Civic Choir. Later she took up cello and played with the Carson City Symphony starting in 2001. She would talk glowingly about her cello teacher. She became a dedicated librarian for the Symphony and, like the dedicated teacher she had been, dutifully took orchestra attendance at every rehearsal, which was a great help in maintaining that and other important record keeping. Jane was an active founding member of Consort Canzona, the Symphony's early music ensemble, and served as liaison for the group. She was also a big promoter of her university women's group and sold many bags of pecans for that cause at rehearsals leading up to the Holiday Treat concerts. The Dec. 10, 2023, Holiday Treat Concert was her last performance on cello.

The Symphony's Consort Canzona and NQR group will dedicate their May 10 performance at Shepherd of the Sierra Church to Jane's memory. Details are pending.

A celebration of life event for Jane will be on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Kristin plans to hold it at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, where Jane performed in many happy concerts and where a memorial service was held for her late husband, Will Johnson. Those wishing to communicate with Kristin may reach her at

Jane, thank you for showing us how to live a full and generous life.

David Bugli, Conductor, Carson City Symphony

Photo: Jane Johnson, enjoying a moment in the middle of the cello section, at the Reno Philharmonic's "Play for a Day" event in 2019.

Carson Chamber Singers Begins Rehearsals
for June and July 2024 Concerts

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Media Release - March 29, 2024: The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, is beginning rehearsals on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, for concerts on June 9 and July 4. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. Carson Chamber Singers, directed by Gary Schwartz and guest director Eric Kao, is open to singers high-school age and above.

The annual, outdoor Pops Party concert will be June 9, at 6:00 p.m., at the Governor's Mansion. The July 4 concert is part of the Genoa Americana Celebration at Mormon Station State Park.

For more information, see or contact Director Gary Schwartz at Registration is free; singers are encouraged to join the Carson City Symphony Association.

Founded in 1985 as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, the Carson Chamber Singers have sung at several venues in northern Nevada and in California. They have sung with the Reno Philharmonic and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony.

Carson Chamber Singers 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.

Photo: Director Gary Schwartz lead the Carson Chamber Singers on the July 4, 2023, concert in Genoa.

Flex Tickets Available
Good for Multiple Events

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Media Release - October 7, 2023: The Carson City Symphony Association offers Flex Tickets that can be used for various performances by the Carson City Symphony and Carson Chamber Singers. Flex tickets are offered at discounted prices.

Discount Flex Pass -- Can't commit to concerts dates in advance? Get Flex Tickets! Flex 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. Flex Tickets never expire. To purchase them, click on the "Buy Flex Tix Now" button, below. Remember to keep your is your ticket!

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Carson City Symphony 2023-2024 Season (40th Season)
Listing updated: Nov. 30, 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 18, 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 the Governor's Mansion.

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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