The Carson City Symphony Association has released Project Euterpe - Episode 10, The Hank Monk Schottische.
The "Ghost of Mark Twain," McAvoy Layne, introduces the performance by Carson City Symphony and invited musicians, some from Carson High School band and orchestra, and the Symphony Youth Strings.
It also includes the Symphony's Victorian Dancers, directed by Toni VanCleave and choreographed by Tiffany Alm, performing the Schottische, a dance popular in the late 1800s. The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFGxDhP0omE
“The whole project is the Symphony’s way of paying tribute to three figures in Carson City’s late 1800s history: composer J.P. Meder, legendary stagecoach driver Hank Monk, and author and humorist Mark Twain,” Symphony Music Director and Conductor David Bugli said. “Meder wrote the ‘Hank Monk Schottische’ in 1878 to commemorate Monk, who also lived in Carson City. Monk drove a stagecoach between Carson City and Placerville in the 1870s, a trip described by Mark Twain in Roughing It. I arranged Meder’s piano music for orchestra in 2006 and added parts for band instruments for this project.”