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 Presents a Pair of Concerts
"Something Old, Something New"
Friday, December 6, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Photograph of Consort Canzona, Dec. 2018.

Consort Canzona, a select group of instrumentalists and singers specializing in early music, will present "Something Old, Something New" concerts this holiday season on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m., at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, 3680 Highway 395 (just south of Best Buy) in Carson City. Admission is free, donations welcome.

The program is a celebration of early Christmas music with a modern twist. It features vocal and instrumental music from the 13th century, and modern arrangements of early carols. The singers and instrumental musicians (recorders, cello, and harpsichord) will play separately and join together for Ein Kindelein so Löbelich by Hieronymus Praetorius, and a modern setting by John Rutter of a 16th century poem, What Sweeter Music. Gale Kehres will be featured on recorder in O Come O Come Emmanuel with Jane Giovacchini on cello.

Carson City musician, the late Sharon Kientz, founded Consort Canzona as an instrumental ensemble in 2009, and singers were added in 2011. The ensemble affiliated as a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association in 2014 under the direction of Gary Schwartz.

Consort Canzona is supported in part by a grant to the Carson City Symphony Association from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and by Association memberships and donations. For more information, see or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Consort Canzona in Concert last year (2018).

STRAZZ To Do Two Performances on
Saturday, December 7, 2019

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STRAZZ, the Symphony Youth Strings advanced group, will be doing a pair of performances on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in and around Carson City.

The first performance will be from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the "Empty Bowls Project" event at Carson Mall. This is a benefit for FISH (Friends in Service Helping) to help feed people in need. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others donate & work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Empty Bowls is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America reports that the nation's food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. For more information about Empty Bowls Project, check the Facebook page at

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The second STRAZZ performance will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Trader Joe's on/near Topsy Lane. This is an annual opportunity for STRAZZ to share some cheer with holiday shoppers.

36th Annual "Holiday Treat Concert"
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019

The Symphony at its 2014 Holiday Treat Concert

The 36th Annual Holiday Treat Concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater. The Symphony will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of their new Conductor, Bill Belcher, and the Victorian Dancers, dancing to music by Johann Strauss Jr. and Carson City composer J.P. Meder (1848-1908).

The program includes Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," John Rutter's arrangement of "Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," music from "The Polar Express," and many other treats.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 18 and under. Tickets will be on sale at the Nevada Day Office, 716 N. Carson St., online at, and at the door. (Tickets are available online by clicking on the "BUY NOW" button, below.) "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Further details about the concert are pending.

Click to purchase tickets. (Note: Click on concert date in the Activity Tickets calendar that is displayed to buy tickets.)

Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings
Friday, December 20, 2019

Photograph of young and old at 2016 Playalong

String players are invited to join the 11th annual Christmas Carol Playalong at the Carson Mall on Fri, Dec. 20, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. For registration and sheet music, contact Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or Come and listen or come and play.

Carson City Symphony Association events are supported by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Attached Photo: String instrument players of all ages at a previous Christmas Carol Playalong at Carson Mall.

June 2019 Newsletter online
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  • Sun., Oct. 20, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center with Brian Fox, violin.
  • Sun., Dec. 15, 2019 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Feb. 23, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Stephen Caplan, oboe.
  • Sun., April 26, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center, with Andrew Sords, violin.
  • A Sunday in June, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert Pops Party Concert. Location TBD.
  • Sat., July 4, 2020 - Carson City Symphony Concert in Genoa.


  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony Concert at the Community Center.
  • Sun., Dec. 13, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. - Carson City Symphony "Holiday Treat" Concert at the Community Center.
  • ...further information pending...

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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.

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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 (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 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, Carson City Cultural Commission, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; and private donations.
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