Carson City Symphony to Present “We Got Rhythm” Concert

Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Carson City Symphony, conducted by Music Director David Bugli and Assistant Conductor Brian Fox, presents a concert, “We Got Rhythm,” on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E William Street in Carson City.


The concert features music of George Gershwin with piano soloist Alexander Tutunov. The program includes Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, “I Got Rhythm” Variations, and Porgy and Bess Medley; John Barnes Chance’s Variations on a Korean Folk Song; and Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

Pre-show entertainment by the Carson Street Ragtime Band begins at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby, and a free “Meet-the-Soloist” concert preview with Alexander Tutunov, David Bugli, and Brian Fox, begins at 3:15 p.m. in the Bob Crowell Board Room.


Alexander Tutunov is noted as one of the most gifted pianists to emerge from the former Soviet Union. He displays dazzling virtuosity and an impassioned, fiery temperament, all in the tradition of Russian pianism at its best. He lives in Ashland, OR, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University. A successful piano pedagogue, he continues to prepare award-winning students. Dr. Tutunov has been the Artist in Residence at the University of Alaska Southeast, Principal Guest Soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony orchestra, and the Director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China. This will be his fifth visit to Carson City to perform with the Symphony.


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 online at or at the door. “Flex” tickets at discounted prices are also available at


The Symphony is a volunteer orchestra of about 55 players who perform music from the 15th to the 21st centuries. The 2023-24 concert season is supported with public funding through the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Carson City Cultural Commission, and by private donations. For more information, see the Symphony web site: