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Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth leads the Symphony of the Mountains at the 2012 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort. JEFF EASON PHOTO

Originally published: 2013-07-25 08:40:26
Last modified: 2013-07-25 08:42:39

Symphony of the Mountains returns

Summer’s here, and the time is right for music by the lake.

And not just any music, nor just any lake, mind you.

No, folks in Blowing Rock look forward to the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort all year long.
This year’s event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth will lead the Symphony of the Mountains through a stirring program of patriotic tunes (“The Star Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever”), Celtic favorites (“Danny Boy”), popular classics and other works during the two-hour concert.

The program also features new works, such as Jim Stephenson’s “Cell Phone Concerto” and Robert Jeter’s “In These Mountains,” which had its world premiere during last year’s Symphony by the Lake event.

The event begins at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. Two opening bands, The Mountain Laurels and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Pipe Band, will perform at 5:45 p.m. The Symphony of the Mountains begins at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the event. Outside food is allowed, although Chetola is offering several different dining options for people who would prefer to buy dinner at the show.
The event also features a raffle and prizes for the best decorated tent.


Cornelia Laemmli Orth is in her sixth season as conductor of the Symphony of the Mountains.
Born and raised in Switzerland, she received master’s degrees in piano, music education and choral conducting from universities and conservatories in Zurich and Winterthur. She also holds a master’s degree in orchestra conducting from Northwestern University.

She has conducted the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, appeared as guest conductor with the Northwestern Philharmonia and served as assistant conductor of Northwestern University’s Opera Company.
She served as associate conductor and later principal guest conductor of the Knoxville Symphony (2002-08) and music director and conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony (2005-10). She has also appeared at a guest conductor at Appalachian State University.


Tickets for the Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Advanced tickets are available at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, located on Park Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort is presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and sponsored this year by The Blowing Rocket, Porsche of Hickory, Wells Fargo, Chetola Resort and Timberlake’s Restaurant.

To order tickets, call the chamber at (828) 295-7851.


Additional parking is available at the Food Lion shopping center on U.S. 321 and at the public parking deck on Wallingford Street next to the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall.

A free shuttle bus will be transporting people from those parking areas to Chetola Resort beginning at 5 p.m.

No parking is available at Chetola Resort.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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