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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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Carson City Symphony Chorus
Invites Singers to Perform in Three Concerts

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Media Release - September 20, 2014
The Carson City Symphony Chorus and conductor Michael Langham invite everyone who loves to sing, from high school age through adults, to join them. This season the Chorus will sing in at least three concerts with the Carson City Symphony: "A Nevada 150 Concert" on October 26, the "Holiday Treat" on December 14, and the "Pops Party" on June 14.

The Symphony Chorus is a community group of people who get together for the pleasure of making music and getting to perform works with the orchestra. Auditions are not required. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays, 8:15 p.m. (location to be determined).

For its first performance of the season, the Symphony Chorus will be featured in "A Land of Sage and Sun" by Idaho composer Jim Cockey, "Home Means Nevada" by Bertha Raffetto, arranged by the symphony's conductor David Bugli, and "This Marriage" by Nevada native Eric Whitacre.

Choristers who are interested in joining the Carson City Symphony Chorus should contact Director Michael Langham at ccsingersdirector@gmail.com or the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Carson City Symphony Chorus in rehearsal last season.



Nevada Photographs Sought for
Oct. 26, 2014, Concert

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The Carson City Symphony, a non-profit organization, is looking for photographs of Nevada to project during their upcoming concert on October 26, 2014, that will help celebrate Nevada's 150th anniversary. Images are needed for categories including scenics, nature, Las Vegas, Cathedral Gorge State Park, the Emigrant Trail, Native Americans, Virginia City, and mining.

Rights for all photos will remain with the photographers. Submitting photos allows the one-time use of the images for this event. The photographer's name will be projected along with each photo used. Photographers whose photos are used will receive two free tickets to the October 26, 2014 concert. Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m, October 11, 2014.

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Carson City Symphony presents "A Nevada 150 Concert"
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

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The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, will open its thirty-first season on Sunday, October 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m., with "A Nevada 150 Concert," at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert includes the Carson City Symphony Chorus directed by Michael Langham, and featured guest artists McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain, poet Shaun Griffin, Native American singer Christina Thomas, and readers Monique Laxalt and Christina Van Geel.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 16 and under. Tickets will be on sale at Play Your Own Music in the Carson Mall, online at CCSymphony.com, or at the door. Season tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

The program includes "A Land of Sage and Sun" by Idaho composer Jim Cockey, "State of Metamorphosis" written in 1989 by David Bugli in honor of the State's 125th anniversary, "Nevada Bagatelles" by Stephen Rosenhaus, "Home Means Nevada" by Bertha Raffetto, arranged for chorus and orchestra by David Bugli, and a choral work, "This Marriage," by Nevada composer Eric Whitacre. Bertha Raffetto's "Home Means Nevada" is Nevada's official state song. David Bugli wrote an arrangement for chorus and orchestra that was commissioned by the Reno Philharmonic Assoc. in 2013 with a grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. This arrangement and several corresponding arrangements will be performed by several Nevada adult orchestras and youth ensembles during this Sesquicentennial year.

The concert includes pre-show entertainment in the lobby beginning at 3:00 p.m., a free concert preview in the Sierra Room at 3:15 p.m. and a dinner reception after the concert. The preview, hosted by Conductor David Bugli, will include discussions with Michael Langham and guest artists about the concert, composers, and music. The post-concert reception location will be announced later. For reception reservations, required in advance, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

This performance is part of World Music Days, an annual global event affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship, and shared humanity, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to 21st centuries. The 2014-15 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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Fifth Annual "This is Not a Christmas Concert"
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

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Carson City Symphony's Strings in the Schools program presents its fifth annual "This is Not a Christmas Concert" on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. Beginning violins and cellos, string ensemble, Pizzazz, and STRAZZ will be performing.

The concert is at the Carson City Community Center, 801 E. William St., Carson City. Admission is free. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.



31st Annual Holiday Treat Program
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

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The Carson City Symphony presents its 31st annual "Holiday Treat" Concert on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 801 E. William St., Carson City. The Symphony will be joined by the Carson City Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Michael Langham, and other guest artists. Pre-show entertainment will be presented in the lobby starting at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 16 and under. Tickets will be on sale at a downtown Carson City location, online at CCSymphony.com, and at the door. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.



"The Seasons" Concert with Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, Violin
Sunday, March 1, 2015

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The Carson City Symphony invites the public to a concert celebrating the seasons on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 801 E. William St., Carson City. The Symphony will be joined by guest violin soloist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio playing Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and Astor Piazzolla's "The Four Seasons," a work written by the Argentinian composer as a tribute to Vivaldi's more famous work. Also joining the orchestra is STRAZZ Youth Strings, part of the Carson City Symphony's Strings in the Schools program, which is directed by Education Director Sue Jesch.

Pre-show entertainment will be presented in the lobby starting at 3:00 p.m.

The audience is also invited to a free concert preview in the Sierra Room at 3:15 p.m. The preview, hosted by Conductor David Bugli, will include discussions with soloist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio about the concert, composers, and music.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 16 and under. Tickets will be on sale at a downtown Carson City location, online at CCSymphony.com, and at the door. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.



Strings in the Schools Spring Concert
Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Strings in the Schools presents its Spring Concert on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater. The concert will feature beginning violins, the violin ensemble, and STRAZZ.

Admission is free. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.



Carson City Symphony Features Harp & Flute
Sunday, April 26, 2015

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The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, presents a concert on Sunday, October 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert includes Mozart's Concerto in C for Flute and Harp, K.299, featuring Sally Turk on flute and Michael Langham on harp.

Pre-show entertainment will be presented in the lobby starting at 3:00 p.m.

The audience is also invited to a free concert preview in the Sierra Room at 3:15 p.m. The preview, hosted by Conductor David Bugli, will include discussions about the composers and music being performed and history of the solo instruments.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free for youth age 16 and under. Tickets will be on sale at a downtown Carson City location, online at CCSymphony.com, and at the door. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call (775) 883-4154.



Strings in the Schools Harmonica Workshop & Concert
Saturday, May 9, 2015

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Strings in the Schools will present a Harmonica Workshop for String Players on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at a location to be determined. Harmonica player Tom Stryker and composer Gary Edwards will lead the workshop, likely to begin at 10:00 a.m. Details are being finalized, but the workshop will likely involve a discussion about the harmonica, a class on how to play the harmonica, rehearsals, a potluck lunch, and a concert, free and open to the public, at 3:00 p.m.

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



Thirty-first Annual Pops Party Concert
A Sunday in June, 2015

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The Carson City Symphony will be presenting its Thirty-first annual Pops Party concert in June. Check back for date, time, special guest performers, musical selections, and other details.

As always, the Pops Party Concert is presented free to the public.



June 2014 Newsletter online
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Some concert dates

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 - Holiday Treat Concert with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., March 1, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., April 26, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • A Sunday in June, 2015 - Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion with Carson City Symphony Chorus, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2015 - at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.
  • Sun., Dec. 13, 2015 - with Carson City Symphony Chorus at Carson City Community Center, 4:00 p.m.

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 is also 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 rehearsals are on Wednesday nights, 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 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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