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There were also public music halls. Some were small, seating only a 100 people. Others were larger; Piper's Opera House in Virginia City seated 900. Even small Nevada towns had music halls. The Carson Theater, which went into business in 1861, and the Odeon in Dayton, offered entertainment such as minstrel shows and concerts. McGinley's Comedy Company performed in Reno in 1906.
Bands were also popular in the 19th century. Winnemucca had a band, as did Reno, Silver City, Virginia City and Carson City. Bands marched in parades and in funeral processions, dressed in their colorful uniforms with shiny buttons and even shinier instruments.
The lovely sound of the instruments
was sometimes accompaniment to singers. There were many choral
groups, glee clubs, and solos, duos, trios, and quartets. Famous
opera singers toured Nevada, singing for full houses. Richard Jose,
a Cornish ballad singer, began his career in Nevada. Emma
Nevada Wixom who was famous as a soprano all over the world, spent
several years as a young girl in Austin, Nevada, and toured the state in
1885 and 1892. Music was often a part of 19th century life in Nevada.
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