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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.

Carson City Symphony - Past Events
(Oldest events and announcements listed first)


Carson City Symphony Performs for Genoa Americana Celebration
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Photograph of Genoa Americana Celebration event

The Carson City Symphony, under the direction of David Bugli, will be performing on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa at the Genoa Americana Celebration, just like we did in 2019 and prior years. The concert will be at 4:30 p.m. An exciting program, featuring show tunes, patriotic tunes, and other inspirational pieces will be performed. The Symphony will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Ricky Hutton, who was officially appointed director of the group earlier this year, singer Jakki Ford, and the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, under the direction of Michelle Powers.

The Symphony's part of the festivities start at 4:30 and run until about 6:00. The Genoa Americana Celebration begins with a children's and pet parade at 10:00 a.m. It will also present four bands - Front Porch, The Jazzettes, Quake City Jug Band, and Those Windburn Brothers - in performances from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Genoa Volunteer Fire Department will sell chicken dinners. Admission is free.

Ms. Ford who will be performing two pieces with the Symphony and a gospel tune with the Carson Chamber Singers. She is an accomplished and versatile performing artist - an outstanding vocalist with a four-octave range, professional dancer, and actress. She appeared in several films, including Stir Crazy, Electric Horseman, Crocodile Dundee II, Bonfire of the Vanities, New Jack City, and Mo Better Blues. She also has been seen in television shows, commercials, theater, operas, cabaret, and Las Vegas and Reno showroom spectaculars, and has recorded three albums.

Seating is on the lawn and the event is free. The audience is invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. The Genoa American Celebration is presented by the Friends of Genoa. For more information about the Symphony's performance, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154, or email carsoncitysymphony@gmail.com.



Carson City Symphony to Begin
Two "Strings in the Summer 2021" Programs
Media release: June 10, 2021

Photograph of Strings in the summer, date unknown

Carson City Symphony Association announces "Strings in the Summer 2021," two free programs for string-instrument players of all ages, in July and August. Each program has two levels. The four-day July program will begin on Tuesday morning, July 6, including an informal concert on July 9. The two-day August "Boot Camp" will be held on August 3 and 5.

Fiddle and Fun meets from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on July 6, 7, and 8, with a concert at 10:00 a.m. on July 9. It is designed primarily for younger students, and for violinists, violists and cellists of any age who have limited experience. Participants must be able to play a one-octave D scale and read notes within the staff.

String Ensemble meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on July 6, 7, and 8, with a concert on 10 a.m. on July 9. It is for advanced beginner to intermediate players of all ages, including adults. The ensemble will play fun tunes arranged for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Boot Camp, August 3 and 5, gives string players a head start before school and orchestra seasons begin. New and returning beginning violins (Symphony Youth Strings Allegro level) meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. New and returning advanced beginning strings (Symphony Youth Strings Vivace level) and above meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All classes are held at St. Paul's Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. The July 9 performance is at Carson Mall. Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of Carson City Symphony, is the instructor. Masks are required and students are asked to bring a music stand if possible.

Registration and tuition are free, donations welcome. For more information and to register for Strings in the Summer, contact the Symphony's Education Director, Sue Jesch, at 775-450-5584.

Carson City Symphony Association's educational programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by private donations.

File photo: String players of all ages and experience levels will play together in a past "Strings in the Summer" program, date unknown.



"Strings in the Summer" Present Performance
Friday, July 9, 2021

Photograph of Strings in the Summer, July 2021

Carson City Symphony Association's "Strings in the Summer 2021" program will present an informal performance at Carson Mall on Friday, July 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.. Laura Gibson, Associate Concertmaster of Carson City Symphony, is the instructor.

Two groups, "Fiddle and Fun" for younger students, and for violinists, violists, and cellists of any age who have limited experience, and "String Ensemble," for string players with more advanced experience, will be preparing for this event July 6-8. The performance is free and open to the public.

Carson City Symphony Association's educational programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by private donations.

Photo: String players of all ages and experience levels will play together in Carson City Symphony's "Strings in the Summer" program on July 9.



Symphony Assoc. Annual Meeting at Lake Glen Manor
Sunday, July 11, 2021

image of a gavel

We invite Symphony Association members, Symphony musicians, Carson Chamber Singers, Consort Canzona members, Youth Strings and Children's Choir families, and volunteers to join us. Family and friends are welcome.

The Carson City Symphony Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in person at the Lake Glen Manor Club House, 164 Lake Glen Drive, Carson City.The meeting will include election of officers for the new fiscal year 2021-2022.

Food, drink, and entertainment will be provided by the Carson City Symphony Association. For further information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Click HERE for a Google map to the Club House.



Carson Chamber Singers to Begin Rehearsals
for 37th Season at Carson High School

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers laughing in St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Media Release - August 12, 2021: The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, for their 37th season. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Richard Hutton at the Choral Room in Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road in Carson City.

For the first concert, in November, Choral Director Hutton has selected Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil," commonly referred to as "Vespers." He said, "It is a masterwork that the singers would be excited to perform, and is accessible, while still challenging. The composer is familiar, but most singers haven't performed this work. The chant-based music is gorgeous."

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 open to singers high-school age and above. Participation is free. For more information, registration, and rehearsal schedule, see http://ccsymphony.com/ccsingers.htm or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

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: Carson Chamber Singers share a laugh before a performance at St. Peter's Church in Carson City.



Ricky Hutton Plans Rachmaninoff Project for the Fall
Thursday, August 12, 2021 (Press release date)

Logo/icon for All-Night Vigil

Carson Chamber Singers Conductor Ricky Hutton is excited to announce Carson Chamber Singers' next concert: Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (commonly referred to as his "Vespers"). His hope is to program a choral masterwork each Fall moving forward.

If you are interested, go to the Carson Chamber Singers page at http://ccsymphony.com/ccsingers.htm.



Carson City Symphony to Start Rehearsals Aug. 8
Posted: Aug. 31, 2021

Photograph of Ellen Burr, Oct. 24 flute soloist

The Carson City Symphony will start rehearsals for its 38th season on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson High School band and orchestra room. The Symphony will be preparing for the "LatinXpressions II" concert at the Carson City Community Center on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. The guest soloist for the concert is flutist Ellen Burr. The concert will be the second concert in our LatinXpressions series, which we began with a concert on February 23, 2020. The remaining three concerts in the LatinXpressions series were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. One or more of the LatinXpressions concerts will take place in the spring.

The Symphony has openings for musicians, especially strings. If you are interested, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo of Ellen Burr, Oct. 24 flute soloist.



Consort Canzona Early Music Instrumental Ensemble
Begins Rehearsals at Carson City Senior Center

Photograph of Consort Canzona instrumentalists

Media Release - Sept. 19, 2021: Consort Canzona, an early music performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, rehearses on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. The ensemble - recorders, cello, and harpsichord - plays music from the Renaissance through the Baroque periods and has openings for experienced recorder players.

Current COVID-19 guidelines require face masks be worn in the building except when playing, and that musicians be fully vaccinated. Participation is free; donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome.

For more information, contact Jane Johnson, 775-267-3427 or jane3491@charter.net, or call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154.

Carson City Symphony Association performing groups are 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: Consort Canzona instrumental ensemble welcomes recorder players



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players
Adult Intermediate String Ensemble Seeks Members

Photograph of NQR

Media Release - Sept. 19, 2021: Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR), a program of the Carson City Symphony Association for adults who recently began to play - or returned to playing-string instruments - is looking for additional people who want a chance to play with a friendly, noncompetitive, welcoming ensemble.

NQR meets weekly, September to June, on Thursday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive, under the direction of Symphony Associate Concertmaster Laura Gibson. Participants, ranging in age from twenties to eighties, develop skills in ensemble music playing and performance. Current guidelines require face masks be worn in the building.

Laura Gibson said, "Some of our players have 'graduated' from NQR and now play with local community orchestras, and some play in both. We have openings for more violin, viola, cello, and bass players. NQR is a drop-in activity with no auditions and no fees, although donations and Symphony Association memberships are welcome. We even provide the sheet music!"

For more information about joining NQR, contact Education Director Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or susanjesch@gmail.com. This free program is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photo: Members of the Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players at a pre-pandemic Christmas Carol Playalong at Carson Mall.



Carson City Symphony Association Presents
Cello Talk and Workshop with Priscilla Hawkins
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Photograph of Priscilla Hawkins

The Carson City Symphony Association will hold a Cello Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., in the orchestra/band room at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City. The event features Priscilla Hawkins, who has performed as cello soloist and chamber musician; taught strings and presented cello workshops in Michigan and California; been guest Master Teacher in the Azores Islands; and recorded two CDs.

Ms. Hawkins will discuss "The History and Development of the Cello," and then lead a workshop on "The Mechanics of Producing Your Best Cello Tone." The presentation will include a rare, brief video of brilliant cellist Emanuel Feuermann playing "Spinning Song" by Popper in the 1930s.

Carson City Symphony's "Symphony Youth Strings" cellists, Carson City Middle and High School orchestra cellists, and adult cellists will participate. Student musicians and the public are invited to attend as observers.

Admission to the Cello Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop is free. Current COVID-19 guidelines require all participants and visitors to be masked in the school building.

This event is a partnership between the Carson City Symphony Association and the Carson City School District, and is funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154, email carsoncitysympony@gmail.com, or see CCSymphony.com.

Photo: Cellist Priscilla Hawkins will lead a Workshop for Cellists at Carson High School on Tuesday, September 21.



A Note of Support for Cassidy Robinson's Mariachi
Project from David Bugli
Posted October 16, 2021

Photograph of Cassidy Robinson

Cassidy Robinson, trumpet player with the Carson City Symphony and the Mile High Jazz - and also music teacher at Empire Elementary School - has applied for the Dolan Class Project Grant to start a mariachi program in the Carson City School District. In order to do this, she needs community members to vote for her project. Public voting ends Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

Please take a minute to watch her short video about her proposal by clicking HERE. You may also cast your vote from this site. (Sorry, this challenge is closed.)



Ellen Burr Presents Two Workshops at Carson High School
Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Ellen Burr, guest flute soloist with the Carson City Symphony, presented two workshops on Friday morning, Oct. 22, 2021, in the Carson High School band/orchestra room. The workshops were sponsored by financial contributions from Yamaha Corporation, Absolute Music in Reno, and the Carson City Symphony Assoc. Ms. Burr is a Yamaha Artist.



Carson City Symphony Association Announces
Sixth Annual Scholarship for Music Education

Photograph of Rosemary at 16 with cello

Media Release - Oct. 19, 2021 (revised 11/16/21): The Carson City Symphony Association announces the sixth annual instrumental music scholarship for Carson City students age 5 to 17. The scholarship was established by a generous gift from Jennifer and John Webley in memory of Rosemary Nebesky, former board member and friend of the Carson City Symphony Association.

The award of $250 to $1,000 is to further the student's music education. It can be used, for example, for lessons, workshop, summer camp, master class, etc. To qualify, a student must live in Carson City, attend school in Carson City, or study with a music teacher in Carson City. Lessons can be in person or remote. Funds will be paid to the teacher or program, not to the individual applicant.

The application form can be downloaded from the Symphony website (see below) and may be available from school music teachers. Completed applications and supporting documents will be accepted by the Symphony at P.O. Box 2001, Carson City, NV 89702-2001, and must be postmarked by Friday, November 19, 2021.

Click HERE to download application form.

For more information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Rosemary Nebesky at 16 with her cello.



Association presents Ellen Burr, Flutist, in House Recital
Friday, October 22, 2021

Photograph of Ellen Burr with flute in wrong position

The Carson City Symphony Association presents "Flute and Piano House Recital," an evening of music, conversation, wine, and dessert on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. at a private home, 191 Heidi Circle in Carson City. The recital will introduce music lovers in our area to world acclaimed musicians from southern California, flutist Ellen Burr and pianist Lorenzo S‡nchez.

Tickets are $25 and are available online at CCSymphony.com or by calling the Symphony at 775-883-4154 for reservations. Space is limited. COVID vaccinations are required and masks (when not eating or drinking) are required.

The varied program of music by composers from Baroque to Contemporary periods includes works by J.S. Bach, Bohuslav Martinu, Mark Mower, Ned Rorem, and others.

Ellen Burr has performed and composed for numerous films, television and radio shows, chamber music, dance, theater and opera, and has had over fifty of her compositions performed in the United States and Europe. She is featured on more than twenty CDs in styles as diverse as experimental classical and Celtic folk.

While in Carson City, Ellen Burr also will lead workshops for flute and band students on Friday, October 22 (not Thursday, as previously reported), at Carson High School, and will play Verdugo, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Michael Kibbe with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center.

To learn more about Ellen Burr and hear clips of her music, see EllenBurr.com. For more information about the house recital on October 22 and other events, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or see CCSymphony.com.

This recital is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: Ellen Burr, flute, will perform a house recital on Friday, October 22, in Carson City.



Symphony Season 38 Opens with "LatinXpressions II" Concert
With Flutist Ellen Burr
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021

Photograph of Ellen Burr, Oct. 24 flute soloist

The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, will open its 38th season on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., with "LatinXpressions II" at the Carson City Community Center's Bob Boldrick Theater, 851 E. William Street in Carson City. The concert is the second of four that highlight music of Latin America as well as classical compositions.

Ellen Burr, featured flute soloist, will perform Verdugo, a concerto by Michael Kibbe. The program also includes Sones de Mariachi by Blas Galindo; Milonga del ēngel by Astor Piazzola (conducted by Concertmaster Brian Fox); ēgua de Beber by Antonio Carlos Jobim; and La Suerte de los Tontos, by Johnny Richards.

The orchestra also will play A Time to Vote by Gwyneth Walker. Music Director David Bugli said, "We had originally planned to play this piece last year in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage. In 2021, it is still relevant."

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 via the link below or at the door. Carson City COVID guidelines will be observed. "Flex" tickets at discounted prices are available from the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby. A Meet-the-Soloist concert preview with soloist Ellen Burr and composer Michael Kibbe begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.

In addition to performing as featured flute soloist, Ellen Burr will present two workshops for high-school flute and band students on Friday, October 22 (not Thursday, as previously reported). With pianist Lorenzo Sanchez, she will perform a house recital on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Carson City. House recital tickets at $25 can be purchased on CCSymphony.com, or reserved at 775-883-4154. Event includes wine and dessert.

Carson City Symphony is a community orchestra of about 60 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The LatinXpressions concert series is funded in part by a Challenge America grant from National Endowment for the Arts. The 2021-2022 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations.

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

Photo: Flutist Ellen Burr will perform with the Carson City Symphony on Sunday, October 24.



Carson Chamber Singers to present
Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 6 & 7, 2021

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers

Carson Chamber Singers, a 50 person chorus directed by Richard Hutton, performs the a cappella masterwork, All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff in two beautiful venues: St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral (310 W. 2nd Street, Reno) on Saturday Nov. 6th at 7:00 p.m., and St. Mary in the Mountains (111 E Street, Virginia City) on Sunday November 7th at 4:00 p.m. The concert is 60 minutes without intermission.

Hutton said, "All-Night Vigil, commonly known as 'Vespers,' is a work that the singers are excited to perform. The chant-based music is gorgeous."

General admission tickets are $15; discounted tickets for seniors (age 62 plus), students, and members of the Carson City Symphony Association are $12. Youth ages 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available online at CCSymphony.com, on Facebook.com/CarsonCitySymphony, and at the door.

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 as far west as Sacramento. They sang for the 99th National American Legion Convention in Reno in 2017, have sung with the Reno Philharmonic, and perform regularly with the Carson City Symphony, most recently on July 4th at the Genoa Americana Celebration.

Open to singers high-school age and above, the Carson Chamber Singers generally perform in five concerts each year. Participation is free. For information about joining the choral group, call the Symphony Association at 775-883-4154, or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm. Concerts are 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: Carson Chamber Singers to perform in November in Reno and Virginia City.



Carson Chamber Singers to Begin
Rehearsals for Holiday Concert

Photograph of Carson Chamber Singers in Virginia City

Media Release - Nov. 17, 2021: The Carson Chamber Singers, a performing group of the Carson City Symphony Association, will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, for the Holiday Treat Concert. The rehearsal, directed by Ricky Hutton, will be 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Road in Carson City. Four rehearsals will follow, including two with orchestra.

The concert is Sunday, December 12, 2021, 4:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center. Choral numbers on the program are "Salvation is Created," "Wexford Carol," "Sing Noel," and "A Christmas Singalong."

Current openings are for tenor and bass singers, high-school age and above, without audition and without fees. For more information and registration link, contact the director at richardjhutton@gmail.com, or see CCSymphony.com/ccsingers.htm.

Carson Chamber Singers is supported in part by public funds through grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.

Photo: Carson Chamber Singers at St. Mary in the Mountains, Virginia City, Nov. 7, 2021.



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR)
performs at Carson Mall
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Photograph of Laura Gibson, conductor/leader.

The Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) will perform holiday and other music on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at noon at Carson Mall. You are encouraged to come by, listen to the ensemble, and support the shops in the mall during the holiday shopping season.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The group meets Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The group is lead by Assistant Concert Master Laura Gibson.

The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. Several of the players have progressed enough to join the Carson City Symphony. The group has performed at assisted living events and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall. This year the Carol Play-along is on Dec. 17. NQR will also be performing at the Carson City Senior Center on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 11:00 a.m.

Pictured: Laura Gibson, NQR conductor/leader.



Carson City Symphony's Youth Strings and
Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir present "LatinXpressions III"
Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Photograph of Symphony Youth Strings in concert Dec. 2019.

Symphony Youth Strings and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, after-school educational programs of the Carson City Symphony Association, present "LatinXpressions III" on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. Admission is free. Masks are required for audience and performers

String players from Carson City and surrounding areas, including public-, private-, and home-schooled students, grades 3 to 12, will perform music in Mexican, Brazilian, and Argentinian styles. Singers ages 4 to 12 will join them in two songs and sing three that feature percussion instruments, rhythm sticks, castanets, and claves.

The concert was programmed by Carson City Symphony Association's Education Director Sue Jesch and is conducted by Associate Concertmaster/Youth String Instructor Laura Gibson. It features about 50 students playing string instruments, including beginning violinists in their first performance and three ensembles: Allegro, level one; Vivace, intermediate; and STRAZZ, advanced. Michelle Powers is Director of the Joyful Noise Children's Choir.

Carson City Symphony Association's programs are supported in part by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private donations. For more information, call director Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584.

NOTE: Because of a health emergency, the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir was not able to participate in this event. However, several members of the group will perform on the Holiday Treat Concert on Dec. 12, 2021.

Photo: Symphony Youth Strings in concert Dec. 2019.



Annual Holiday Treat Concert to Return
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021

Victorian Dancers who performed Dec. 2019

It's a Holiday Treat for all - a feast of seasonal and holiday entertainment in many styles!

Mark your calendars. The 38th Annual Holiday Treat Concert will return this year on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street. The Carson City Symphony under the direction of David Bugli, will be joined by the Carson Chamber Singers, under the direction of Richard "Ricky" Hutton, the Victorian Dancers, under the direction of Tiffany Alm, and the Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir, directed by Michelle Powers. Consort Canzona, an early music ensemble, will perform at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby.

Treat your whole family: tickets are $18 general admission; $15 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members; and free age 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance online at CCSymphony.com; and at the door. Audience members will be required to wear masks inside the theater.

The combined symphony and chorus will open the concert with Leroy Anderson's familiar A Christmas Festival. The Carson Chamber Singers will perform the beautiful a cappella Salvation is Created by Pavel Chesnokov and will be joined by orchestra musicians in Elaine Hagenberg's arrangement of Wexford Carol and David Hamilton's setting of Sing Noel.

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director-Conductor David Bugli, will perform several works, including selections from The Nutcracker, Victor Herbert's March of the Toys, and Brian Balmages' Fantasia on We Three Kings.

The Victorian Dancers, choreographed and directed by Tiffany Alm, will whirl and swirl to the sound of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Roses de Noel waltzes and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Blood donors may receive a complimentary ticket to the concert. Donate at Vitalent's Carson City Donor Center through Saturday, December 14. Call 775-887-9111 for Donor Center hours.

This concert is supported, in part, by public funds through a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations. For more information, see CCSymphony.com or call the Symphony at 775-883-4154.

Photo: Victorian Dancers who performed, Dec. 2019.



Silver Strings perform Holiday Music at Carson Mall
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

Photograph of Teri and Ellie

The Silver Strings will be performing for your holiday entertainment at the Carson Mall on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. You are encouraged to come by, listen to the ensemble, and support the shops in the mall during the holiday shopping season.

The Silver Strings provide elegant musical entertainment for weddings, receptions, and special events in northern Nevada and nearby California. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of musical styles, from classics to pops, to enhance any occasion. They also perform in concert. They can provide entertainment for: Professional meetings, Holiday parties, Wedding ceremonies, Backyard barbeques, Corporate functions, Concerts, Receptions, and Grand openings. Classical, traditional, ethnic, folk, fiddle Special arrangements available - If they don't have it, they'll find it or arrange it. The group's website is http://silverstringsnv.com

Pictured: violist Teri Howley-Barbera, member of the Silver Strings.



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR)
performs at Carson City Senior Center
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

Photograph of Carson City Senior Center.

The Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) will perform holiday and other music on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. You are wellcome to come by and listen to the ensemble.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The group meets Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The group is lead by Assistant Concert Master Laura Gibson.

The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. Several of the players have progressed enough to join the Carson City Symphony. The group has performed at assisted living events and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall. This year the Carol Play-along is on Dec. 17.

Pictured: Carson City Senior Center, seen from Beverly Drive.



Annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings
at Carson Mall
Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

Photograph of young and old at 2016 Playalong

The Carol Play-along is back, and we all missed it in 2020 due to COVID!

String players of all ages and levels are invited to join the 13th annual Christmas Carol Play-along on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. inside Carson Mall, 1313 S. Carson Street, Carson City. This free event is hosted by Carson City Symphony Association and Carson Mall.

Violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp players of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come and play. Bring your music stand and contact Sue Jesch at 775-450-5584 or sue@tahoefiddler.com in advance for sheet music and information. Everyone else, come and listen or sing along.

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.



Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR)
performs at Ormsby Post Acute Rehab
Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

Photograph of Ormsby Post Acute Rehab.

The Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) will perform holiday and other music on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at Ormsby Post Acute Rehab, 3050 N. Ormsby Blvd., Carson City. The event is NOT open to the public.

The "Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players" is the creation of Carson City Symphony Education Director and former Concertmaster Sue Jesch. Each week, a group of adult musicians, some of them beginners, get together to play music at the Carson City Senior Center. The group meets Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The group is lead by Assistant Concert Master Laura Gibson.

The primary purpose of this is to give adult musicians who may not be ready for a regular adult orchestra, such as the Carson City Symphony, an opportunity to play and enjoy easy music. Several of the players have progressed enough to join the Carson City Symphony. The group has performed at assisted living events and many of the members participate in the annual Christmas Carol Play-along for Strings each December in Carson Mall. This year the Carol Play-along is on Dec. 17.

Pictured: Ormsby Post Acute Rehab.



Priscilla Hawkins Cello Lecture - Sept. 21, 2021
Release date: 12/20/2021

Screen capture for Priscilla Hawkins Cello Lecture posting on YouTube

The Carson City Symphony Association held a Lecture-Demonstration-Workshop on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada. The event featured Priscilla Hawkins, who has performed as cello soloist and chamber musician; taught strings and presented cello workshops in Michigan, and California; been guest Master Teacher in the Azores Islands; and recorded two CDs.

In Part 1, Ms. Hawkins discussed "The History and Development of the Cello," including a rare, brief video of brilliant cellist Emanuel Feuermann playing "Spinning Song" by David Popper in the 1930s. In Part 2, she then led a workshop on "The Mechanics of Producing Your Best Cello Tone."

Youth and adult cellists were invited to participate. Student musicians and the public were invited to attend as observers. The event was was funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The video can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlmcThlEF7I.



Symphony Youth Strings Plan Two Concerts This Season
Posted: Aug. 31, 2021

Logo for Symphony Youth Strings

The Symphony Youth Strings program has confirmed two concert dates at the Carson City Community Center, according to Education Director Sue Jesch. The first is a LatinXpressions concert on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The second is called "Musical Oddities and Practical Jokes," and is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2022. Both concerts are at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, contact the Symphony at 775-883-4154.



Summary of Fall 2021 Activities

Fall 2021 Concerts and Events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Carson High Orchestra/Band Room
    Cello Talk and Workshop with Priscilla Hawkins. Masks required. Free.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Community Center.
    Carson City School Orchestras Fall Concert. Masks required. Free.
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 7:45 to 9:10 a.m. and 9:20 to 11:00 a.m. at Carson High Orchestra/Band Room
    Two clinics for band students and flute players with Ellen Burr. Currently, outside visitors not permitted during school hours. That may change. Free.
  • Friday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., House Recital with Ellen Burr, flute, and Lorenzo Sanchez, piano.
    Tickets $25 including wine and dessert. Attendance limited. Vaccinations required. Masks required (except while eating/drinking). Details to be determined.
  • Sunday, Oct. 24, 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony. LatinXpressions II concert. Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
    Guest Soloist Ellen Burr, flute
    Meet-the-Soloist preview 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room (former Sierra Room).
  • Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno
    Carson Chamber Singers performs Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under.
  • Sunday, Nov. 7, 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary in the Mountains, Virginia City
    Carson Chamber Singers performs Rachmaninoff's All Night Vigil.
    Tickets $15/$12/free age 18 and under.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Community Center.
    Carson City School Orchestras Holiday Concert. Masks required. Free.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, noon, Event at Carson Mall.
    Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) perform. Free.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., LatinXpressions III concert at Carson City Community Center
    Symphony Youth Strings and Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir. Free.
  • Sunday, Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m., Holiday Treat Concert at Carson City Community Center
    Carson City Symphony, Carson Chamber Singers, Victorian Dancers, Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir.
    Tickets $18/$15/free age 18 and under.
  • Thursday, Dec. 16, 11:00 a.m, Event at Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive.
    Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) perform. Free.
  • Friday, Dec. 17, 4:00 p.m., Christmas Carol Playalong for Strings at Carson Mall.
    Open to Not Quite Ready for Carnegie Hall Players (NQR) and all interested string players. Free.

Fall 2021 Rehearsals

  • Consort Canzona - Instrumental Group rehearses Mondays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, 911 Beverly Drive. Vaccinations required. Masks required when not playing.
  • Carson Chamber Singers rehearses Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the LDS Church, 411 N. Saliman Rd. Masks required.
  • Carson City Symphony rehearses Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at the Carson High Orchestra/Band room, 1111 N. Saliman Rd., upstairs. Vaccinations required. Masks required (except wind players while playing).
  • NQR (adult intermediate string ensemble) rehearses Thursdays, 11:15 a.m. at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks required.
  • Joyful Noise Carson Children's Choir rehearses Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (upstairs), 412 W. Musser St. Masks required.
  • Victorian Dancers will start rehearsals soon (late Sept.) at Yaples Ballroom, 315 N. Carson St., day and time to be determined.
  • Beginning violins (2 classes) meet after school on Wednesdays at Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa Dr., and on Fridays at Bordewich Bray Elementary School, 110 Thompson St. - Masks required.
  • Allegro (3:30-4:15 p.m.) and Vivace (4:15-5:00 p.m.) youth string ensembles meet on Thursdays at St. Paul Lutheran Family Church, 1201 N. Saliman Dr. Masks required.
  • STRAZZ advanced youth strings rehearses Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at the Carson City Senior Center, Joshua Tree Room. Masks required.


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