Due to the incredible amount of rain we have had consistently over the last couple of months, we strongly urge all Symphony guests to bring lawn chairs instead of blankets. As for footwear, the flatter the better.



Chetola announces the Chetola Instagram Giveaway as part of its Symphony by the Lake event on Friday, July 26, 2013. Submit your photo(s) via Instagram using the hashtag #chetolasymphony2013 and you will be automatically entered to win one of three prizes:

  • First Prize: $100 gift certificate to Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort
  • Second Prize: $75 gift certificate to the Spa at Chetola
  • Third Prize: Two tickets to Symphony by the Lake 2014.

The entire event is your canvas. Be creative and submit photos of people, tents, food, drinks, the lake, the musicians, etc. All photos must be uploaded via Instagram by midnight on Friday, July 26. The winning photos will be chosen and posted on Chetola’s Facebook page on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. We will also alert the winning entries by commenting on the photo directly on Instagram. All photos must be taken and submitted through Instagram. If you do not have an Instagram account, download and register through the app for your mobile device. Follow Chetola's Instagram page at ChetolaResort. All photos submitted will become the property of Chetola Resort and may be used for promotional purposes. Our next contest will take place Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29 & 30, 2013.



fireworksSpend 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.

Enjoy one of Chetola's three dining options:

Dinner reservations can be made by calling Timberlake's Restaurant at 828-295-5505.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Concert begins: 
7:30 pm
Gates open:     
5:30 pm
Picnic on the Lawn: 
5pm until Dusk. Click here to view menu.
Pre-Symphony Buffet: 
Dinner on the Patio:
Seating begins at 5:30; dinner served at 6:30pm. Click here to view menu. THIS DINNER IS SOLD OUT
Fireworks Display: 
Approx. 9:15/9:30 pm
$30.00 Adults, $12.00 for children under 12
Ticket Locations: 
Chetola Resort, The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce or online at
No Charge - Runs between Food Lion Shopping Center, Wallingford Parking Deck, American Legion Hall and Chetola Resort. Handicapped accessible.

Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway
Food Lion Shopping Center
Wallingford Parking Deck
American Legion Hall

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

"Roots of Appalachia"

"National Anthem"

John Stafford Smith (1750-1836)
Frances Scott Key (1779-1843)  

Comedians, Op. 26: "Gallop" Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
"In These Mountains"

Robert Jeter (b. 1969)

Brigadoon: "Come to Me, Bend to Me" Lerner/Loewe
Cell Phone Concerto

Jim Stephenson
Tracy Brown, soloist

"El Capitan March"

John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

"North and South" Bill Conti (b. 1942)
"Danny Boy"

Frederic Weatherly (1848-1929)

"Highland Cathedral" arr. Benjamin Dawson
Lord of the Dance Selections

Ronan Hardiman
arr. Moore


"Pops Hoe-Down"

Richard Hayman
"Funicula, Funicula"

Turco/Denza (b. 1920)

"Rachel's Song" Combs/Tanner
"You'll Never Walk Alone" arr. Dawson
The Patriot

John Williams (b. 1932)

"Armed Forces Salute" arr. Lowden
"Amazing Grace" John Newton (1725-1807)
"Stars and Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

Fireworks Presentation




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