FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016


Spend an evening under the stars by beautiful Chetola Lake with the Symphony of the Mountains. This annual outdoor concert on Chetola Resort’s sweeping lawn is the pinnacle event of Blowing Rock’s summer season. A spectacular fireworks display caps off this fantastic evening.


Click here to view the 2014 Symphony aerial video.

Click here to see Chetola's four Symphony dining options

Reservations: 828-295-5505

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pre-Show Band:


  • The Swing Set Band - joined by the Carolina Snowbelles performing ballet, Broadway and jazz
  • Sky Retreat - ballroom tango
  • ASU's Swing Dancers
Concert begins: 
7:30pm, Symphony of the Mountains
Gates open:     
Picnic on the Lawn: 
5:30pm until dusk. Pork BBQ, grilled chicken and sides. $14/person. Click here for menu

Pre-Symphony Dinner:

Limited Seating Remains

Seatings at 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm. Four-course meal at $65/person (includes parking on property) Click here for menu

Dinner on the Patio:


Seating begins at 5:30; dinner served at 6:30pm. Four-course meal at $110/person (includes parking on property). Click here for menu

Celebration at the Arbor


Private cash bar open at 5pm; heavy hors d'oeuvres from

6-8pm. $90/person (includes parking on property and Symphony ticket). Click here for menu

Fireworks Display: 
Approx. 9:15/9:30pm
Free Raffle:

Raffle tickets (only one per person, please) can be filled out at the Chetola Tent until just before intermission. A winner will be drawn at intermission. Prizes include:

  • Bob Timberlake framed giclee
  • 4 tickets to Appalachian Summer Festival RIOULT Dance NY
  • 4 tickets to Appalachian Summer Festival Pink Martini
  • $75 gift certificate to Timberlake's Restaurant
Symphony Tickets: 

Adults: $40 in advance, $50 at the gate; Children (3-11): $15; Children 2 and younger free


Audiophile Section

Tickets with parking pass: $100 each

Tickets without parking pass: $80 each

If you are a true audiophile - you just love the symphony music and don't want to participate in the social atmosphere - this is the section for you!  A private section located just in front of the symphony tent will be fenced off with reserved seats and shared side tables. Price of ticket includes a charcuterie box (meats, cheeses, fruit and olives), two beverage tickets and bottled water. This section is the quiet section so please keep talking to a minimum. Limited to 50 seats.


Symphony tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, the Chetola Front Desk or you can click here to purchase online.

Audiophile tickets are available only through the Chamber: 828-295-7851


Ticket Locations: 

Chetola Resort, The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce or online at


Will Call Ticket pick-up will be at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce


Free - Runs between Food Lion Shopping Center, the BRAHM Parking Deck, the American Legion Hall Parking Deck, Tweetsie Railroad and Chetola Resort. Handicapped accessible. Shuttle service begins at 5:30pm.

  • BRAHM Parking Deck
  • Food Lion Shopping Center
  • American Legion Hall Parking Deck
  • Tweetsie Railroad
  • Limited parking available at Tanger Shoppes on the
  • Parkway
  • Parking at Chetola Resort restricted to VIPs with a special permit
Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted.

Symphony of the Mountains

corneliaSymphony of the Mountains was formed in 1946 as the Kingsport Civic Symphony. Twenty-seven musicians attended the first rehearsal and the number grew rapidly to more than 40. The first concert was free to the public and neither the conductor nor any of the musicians were paid. Today, Symphony of the Mountains serves the entire Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region. It is a fully professional orchestra of more than 65 musicians, drawn from the Tri-Cities area as well as symphony orchestras in Knoxville, Asheville, Roanoke and beyond. 

Symphony of the Mountains is conducted by Maestro Cornelia Laemmli Orth. Laemmli Orth joined the Symphony of the Mountains in 2006, the Symphony’s 60th year. Born in Switzerland, she brings a wealth of experience to Symphony of the Mountains. Cornelia holds three Master’s Degrees: one in piano from the conservatory of Winterthur, one in choral conducting from the University and Conservatory of Zurich and one in Orchestra Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied under Maestro Victor Yampolsky.  Before coming to the United States, Mrs. Laemmli Orth taught music history, theory, choir, orchestra and voice.  She has also conducted various choirs, youth and community orchestras, operas and musical productions throughout Europe. You can learn more about the Symphony of the Mountains at

Musical Program

Music to Your Arts Desire
Featured Guests:
Scott Kallestadt, Saxophone
Steven Sensenig, Piano
Bree Jordan, Soprano
Cameron Lugo, Violin

National Anthem

Smith, John Stafford (1750-1836)  

Curtain UP arr. Bob Krogstad
Symphonic Dances from
Fiddler on the Roof

Bock/Harnick arr. Hearshen

Meditation from Thais Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)
Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"

Puccini, Giacomo (1712-1781)

From the musical Chicago, "Chicago"

Kander/Ebb arr. Lopez

Four Pictures from New York

I. Dreamy Dawn

II. Sentimental Evening

III. Broadway Night

Molinelli, Roberto (*1963)


Circus Music, Entry of the Gladiators

Fucik, Julius (1872-1916)
Kabalevsk, The Comedians: Gallop

Kabalevsky, Dmitry (1904-1987)

"Send in the Clowns" Sondheim, Stephen, arr. Lowden
The Irish Dragoon: Circus Galop John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Selections from Phantom of the Opera

Webber, Andrew Lloyd arr. Custer

Armed Forces Salute arr. Lowden
Remembering the Beatles arr. Lowden
"Stars and Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

Fireworks Presentation



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