Symphony concert features percussionist |

Symphony concert features percussionist

Karel Ancona-Henry
For the Nevada Appeal

The Carson City Symphony performs Sunday, at 4 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center’s Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, in a concert featuring percussion soloist Terry Longshore in a performance of “Pataruco: Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra,” by Ricardo Lorenz.

Conducted by David Bugli, the symphony also will play “Symphony in D minor,” by Cesar Franck and “Buckaroo Holiday,” from Rodeo by Aaron Copland.

“The Pataruco piece features maracas, which we’ve never had before,” said Elinor Bugli, president of the Carson City Symphony Association. “There’s a delay from when the maraca is shaken until the seeds hit the inside of the gourd, so we have to adjust our playing to match the rhythms.

“This is a very exciting and demanding piece and we look forward to working with (Terry) and putting all the pieces together.”

Longshore is an educator of percussion at the University of Southern Oregon at Ashland, as well as a performer and composer, appearing regularly as a soloist and with ensembles, and has many credits to his name.

As part of the symphony’s outreach program, Longshore will be working with Carson High School percussion students this week, and they will perform in the lobby beginning at 3 p.m.

David Bugli and Longshore will host a discussion period about the featured music in the Sierra Room, beginning at 3:15 p.m.

While each piece is very different from the next, David has managed to find the common theme that ties them all together, Elinor said.

“This is something he’s very good at.”

Established in 1984 as the Carson City Chamber Orchestra, today’s Carson City Symphony plays a large role in fostering the community’s interest in music.

“We try to make every performance an educational opportunity for both our orchestra members and our audiences,” Elinor said.

“The high school program has been so successful that a strings class is being added in September,” she said. “We have waiting lists for the beginning violin classes.”

Carson City Symphony is an all volunteer community organization with about 55 members, who play music from the 15th through the 21st centuries. Musicians travel from as far as Fallon to participate.

“This requires a huge commitment and we have amazing talent,” Elinor said. “We started rehearsals in January for this performance, but the hall has to be rented two years in advance, music programs need to be decided and our soloists are selected (six months to a year) in advance.”

David’s free time is generally spent researching and writing. He is presently working with McAvoy Lane on an original piece for orchestra and narration, “Becoming Mark Twain,” with the first performance planned for April 24.

Tickets for Sunday’s performance cost $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, students and Symphony Association members, and free for children age 16 and younger. Tickets are available at Play Your Own Music in the Carson Mall, at, or at the door on the day of the performance. For more information, call the Symphony at 775-883-4154 or visit To learn more about the featured soloist, visit