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: 6pm-7:15pm, Maureen Renihan Quintet
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 for menu
Pre-Symphony Dinner: 
Seatings at 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm. Four-course meal at $65/person (includes parking on property) Click 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 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). Clickfor 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, "tba"
  • 4 tickets to Appalachian Summer Festival performance, "tba"
  • $75 gift certificate to Timberlake's Restaurant
Symphony Tickets: 

Adults: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate; Children (11 and younger): $15


NEW: 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

Lights, Camera, Music!
Soloists: Peter Bond, trumpet (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)

Also sprach Zarathustra

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)  

Sleeping Beauty Waltz op. 66 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)

Flowerdale Philip Sparke (b. 1951)
Forrest Gump Suite

Silvestri, arr. Custer

Radetzky March

Johann Strauss (1804-1849)

Wizard of Oz arr. Sayre
Bugler's Holiday

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)

Moon River Mancini, arr. Moss
Star Wars Medley

Williams, arr. Burden


Mission Impossible Theme

Schifrin/Lao, arr. Custer
Highlights from Jurassic Park

Williams, arr. Custer

"Armed Forces Salute" arr. Lowden
Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler on the Roof Jerry Bock (1928-2010)
Nessun Dorma

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Gone with the Wind: Tara's Theme Max Steiner (1839-1880)
Themes from 007 arr. Custer
Napoli arr. Bellsted
Adventures on Earth: ET's Flying Music John Williams (b. 1932)
"Stars and Stripes Forever" John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

Fireworks Presentation



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