While you are visiting Blowing Rock for Symphony by the Lake, check out additional performances, concerts, lectures and visual arts displays at ASU’s An Appalachian Summer Festival. Click here for a list of events.
Visit the Chetola Resort tent to purchase raffle tickets. Enter for a chance to win a beautiful Bob Timberlake framed print or a Spa at Chetola Resort Package.
For even more fun, compete in the themed tent decorating contest. Creativity abounds with themed tents. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. The theme for 2017 is “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Think tourism or Dr. Seuss-ical themes. Two prizes will be awarded at intermission – one for best Premier Performance (hasn’t won in the recent past) and Encore! for best overall design. Click here for information about tent rentals.
During the final song, Stars and Stripes Forever, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks are truly beautiful, especially when reflected in Chetola Lake. Be sure not to miss this magical event! It’s always well worth the wait!
General Admission Tickets
- $40 for adults in advance/$50 day of show.
- $15 for children under 12 years of age.
- Call the Chamber office: 828.295.7851
- Stop by the Chamber office: 132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
- Buy tickets online here. Sorry, NO REFUNDS on any tickets.
Tickets may be purchased in person through the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Saturday, 9am until 5pm. Sorry, NO REFUNDS on any tickets. Tickets will not be shipped unless you add shipping to your order. Shipping ended July 18.
New! Audiophile Section Tickets
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 small section located just in front of the symphony tent will be fenced off with reserved seats and shared side tables, a charcuterie box (meats, cheeses, fruit and olives) with two beverage tickets and water. This section is the quiet section, so please keep talking to a minimum. Limited to 100 seats. Tickets available online or in person at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.
- Ticket plus parking pass: $105
- Ticket without parking pass: $95
Audiophile ticket sales ended July 21.
Will Call tickets will be picked up at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce office the day of the event (we are creating a “drive thru” for the day of the event from 1-5:30pm!). The office is located at 132 Park Avenue – directly beside Memorial Park in the center of town.
Get your tickets early to avoid long waiting lines and a possible sell-out!
Parking and Shuttles and the Handicap Shuttle Bus
We HIGHLY encourage you to park at one of the parking decks/areas in Blowing Rock and also at Tweetsie Railroad. Ride the shuttle to the event! In an effort to alleviate traffic at the symphony, all the shuttles will unload and load at the back entrance to Chetola at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway beside the Polo Outlet. Please save the Food Lion parking area for the handicapped and mobility challenged.
Handicapped or mobility challenged? Catch the shuttle at the Food Lion Parking Lot. This is the only shuttle that will unload and load on the symphony lawn at Chetola. No hills to climb so this is the easiest choice! Handicapped persons and their parties are encouraged to park at the Food Lion parking lot as that shuttle is the most accessible for them.
July 26, 2019
Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, NC
“A Journey of Imagination”
Guest Soloist, Carla Karst
Guest Conductor, Steve Strickland
JOHN STAFFORD SMITH
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (ARR. PERESS)
Overture to West Side Story
RON MILLER (ARR. SENSENIG)
For Once in My Life
WEISS-THIELE (ARR. SENSENIG)
What a Wonderful World
PETER I. TCHAIKOVSKY
Sleeping Beauty Waltz
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN (ARR. BENNETT)
ARLEN-HOWARD (ARR. SAYRE)
The Wizard of Oz Selections
ANDREW L. WEBBER (ARR. LOWDEN)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
KLAUS BADELT (ARR. RICKETTS)
Pirates of the Caribbean
Forrest Gump Suite
ARR. CALVIN CUSTER
Star Trek Through the Years
ARR. BOB LOWDEN
Armed Forces Salute
ALBERT MALOTTE (ARR. SOPKIN/DAWSON)
The Lord’s Prayer
ARR. CALVIN CUSTER
Salute to the Big Bands
JOHN P. SOUSA
Stars and Stripes Forever
The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola has long been considered the “centerpiece” of the summer season in Blowing Rock. Each year, over 4000 attendees assemble on the surrounding lawn to enjoy music, food and drink under the open sky. The symphony scheduled to perform for the 2019 event is The Symphony of the Mountains of Kingsport, Tennessee. An opening band, to be announced, will entertain the crowd before the main symphony performance. A spectacular fireworks display serves as a grande finale. Guests spend the entire evening at the event, enjoying the many offerings.
About the Event
The Chamber has a number of involvement opportunities that allow you and your company to be noticed, reach new and existing customers and, at the same time, support Chamber events, programs and services. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, advertise or attend an event, the Chamber has something for you. Join us in sustaining the important work the Chamber performs on behalf of our business community!
The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola has become a must-do event of the summer season for all residents and visitors. It can also be the highlight of the year for your business. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Participation at any level offers a great evening and an opportunity to meet and greet new friends, clients and contacts. We’re anticipating a huge crowd!
Shuttle service, provided by Air Haven Limo and Trolley, will run from the American Legion Hall parking deck and the BRAHM parking deck as well as from the Food Lion parking lot. Use of the shuttle is strongly suggested. The shuttles begin at 5:30pm.
Will Call ticket pick up will be at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce located at 132 Park Ave, Blowing Rock, behind the Blowing Rock Market on Main Street. We are creating a “drive-thru” for Friday, July 28th, the day of the symphony. Convenient parking is just down the street at the parking deck by the American Legion Hall where a shuttle will pick you up.
A NEW SHUTTLE HAS BEEN ADDED! We have added an additional shuttle from Tweetsie Railroad Parking Lot to the Tanger/Chetola back gate entrance. The shuttle will run a circuit from Tweetsie to Tanger’s back gate and with just a short walk, you will arrive at the lawn for the Symphony. Because this is new, we suspect this will your best bet for shuttle service quickly!
NEW PARKING OPTION! A limited amount of additional parking is available across the lake at Chetola for $10 per car. Call or stop by the Chamber for this parking pass.
LIMITED additional parking is available at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway. Please be courteous and save the areas next to the stores for shoppers OR shop at Tanger prior to coming to the Symphony by the Lake!
Parking at Chetola Resort is reserved for VIP’s with a special permit and handicapped attendees only. Due to the overwhelming number of handicapped attendees, we strongly suggest use of the trolley service at Food Lion, one of the parking decks or Tweetsie. Many of the spaces at Chetola are quite a distance from the Symphony lawn.
Chetola has only one exit for vehicles and we do the very best we can to expedite your departure. Parking offsite is your best option.
Our volunteers are the foundation and heart of our ability to do events in Blowing Rock. The Symphony by the Lake will bring approximately 4,000 guests to the area who will need assistance with ticketing, parking, directions and more. We’d love to have your happy face and kind words to welcome guests and assist us with this event. And in exchange, you’ll enjoy a wonderful evening at the Symphony and be invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in September.
Please contact Sarah Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.295.7851 if you would like to be a Blowing Rock Chamber volunteer!
Join the Fun! Reserve one of our Patron Tents and host your own private symphony party!
A great option for both business and social contacts, host your guests under the comfort of your own private tent and adjoining area. Bring your own food, have it catered by your favorite chef or purchase your meals at the Chetola buffet. You provide the beverages of your choice, so the options are nearly endless. For even more fun, compete in the themed tent decorating contest. Prizes awarded! This year's theme is "A Journey of Imagination."
Patron tent packages include a single 10x10 tent, an 8' table, table linens, 13 tickets (one for your caterer), 12 chairs and signage for your space. Double and triple tent packages also available. Tents are offered to previous patrons first, but a waiting list is available. Please call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851 for pricing and to be added to the waiting list. Patron tents begin at $1000 for side sections with a Chamber member discount.
Your guests will hope to be included every year!