The Carson City Symphony, directed by David Bugli, performs their Spirit of Exploration concert, on Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, and on Sunday, April 25, 4 p.m., at the Oats Park Arts Center in Fallon. The concert features soloist Gail Williams in Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss.
Also on the program are the premiere of "Becoming Mark Twain" by David Bugli with narrator McAvoy Layne, "The Days of Struggle and Discovery (In Praise of Explorers)" by Bruce Craig Roter, "Overture to the Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and "Triumphal March: The Spirit of Exploration" by explorer and Symphony hornist Gary Robert Buchanan. The Carson City concert includes projected images of explorers and expeditions.
Tickets to either concert are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, students, and symphony association members, and free for age 16 and under. Tickets are available at ActivityTickets.com, or at the door. Information, 883-4154 or CCSymphony.com.
The program includes pre-show events, free to concert ticket holders. Entertainment in the lobby by the Symphony Flute Ensemble begins at 6:30 p.m. in Carson City and 3 p.m. in Fallon.
A concert preview with David Bugli, Gail Williams, McAvoy Layne, Bruce Roter, and Gary Buchanan, begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Sierra Room in Carson City, and at 3:15 p.m. in the Arts Bar in Fallon.
Gail Williams, former associate principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, is currently principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, horn professor at Northwestern University, and an original member of the Summit Brass, with whom she has made eight recordings.
McAvoy Layne, known as the ghost of Mark Twain, has portrayed Twain inmore than 2,000 performances, from Russia to C-Span. He is author of the biography, "Hooked On Twain," and winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service. He portrays the ghost of Mark Twain in A&E's biography of Mark Twain and in the Discovery Channel's Cronkite Award-winning documentary, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."