General Admission Tickets

  • $65 for adults
  • Call the Chamber office: 828.295.7851
  • ALL tickets are will call only, stop by the Chamber office to pick yours up: 132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
  • Buy tickets online here. Sorry, ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets. Tickets will not be refunded under any circumstances, including Covid-19 related illness. Symphony by the Lake is RAIN or Shine.

Tickets may be purchased in person through the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Saturday, 9am until 5pm. Sorry,  ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets.


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.  Also will receive a parking pass to a special parking area. This section is the quiet section, so please keep talking to a minimum. Limited to less than 100 seats. Tickets available online or in person at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Sorry,  ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS on any tickets.

  • Audiophile Ticket: $125

Audiophile ticket sales end July 19.

Will Call – Ticket Pick-Up

Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce office Monday – Saturday, 9AM – 5PM. The day of the event, a “drive thru” will be available from 1-5:00pm! 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 Shuttle Bus

Parking Passes are available for $10. This provides parking on Chetola’s grounds with a short walk to the event entrance. Parking is also available at the surrounding public parking decks in Blowing Rock.  Limited parking is available at Shoppes on the Parkway as well.

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! The shuttle is not wheel chair accessible.

For attendees who are wheel chair bound, vehicles will be allowed in to drop them off at the symphony lawn. After dropping off,  with a parking pass, they can park on the grounds, otherwise they must exit Chetola’s grounds.

Symphony Program 2023


This years theme is “From the Alps to the Appalachian”

Symphony of the Mountains
July 21, 2023
Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, NC
Special Guest Performers
The Kruger Brothers



JOHN P. SOUSA………………………………………………………………………STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

We are very excited to have The Kruger Brothers as guest musicians with The Symphony of the Mountains. The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world.

To get the evening of music started, Beth Snapp will perform starting at 5:30pm. Beth might be considered pop infused roots, but her appeal has little to do with the box of a genre. It’s a connection. She flits around and between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose – to serve a story.

Sponsorship Info

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 performing at this 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!

2023 Symphony Sponsor Guide Coming Soon >>

Volunteer Info

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 Cathy Barker at or 828.295.7851 if you would like to be a Blowing Rock Chamber volunteer!

Patron Tent Rentals

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 "From the Alps to the Appalachian".

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 $1350 for side sections with a Chamber member discount and $1500 without a Chamber member discount.

Your guests will hope to be included every year! 

About the Orchestra

Symphony of the Mountains has a strong and proud heritage. What began as a community orchestra in 1946 has grown to a fully-professional, regional orchestra serving Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina. The three pillars on which we stand are Entertaining, Educating, and Enriching.


Today, Symphony of the Mountains consists of more than 70 professionally paid musicians led by Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth. The Symphony performs throughout the Mountain Empire region and strives to reach even the most rural areas. In addition to playing symphonic orchestral music, we collaborate with world-renowned soloists such as Bela Fleck, The McLain Family Band, Emmet Cahill, Edgar Meyer, and The Kruger Brothers with whom in addition to U.S. performances, we presented a concert tour in Switzerland as the first Tennessee based orchestra to perform abroad.


To further our endeavor to change as many lives as possible through the power of music, we present annual Family and School Concerts that bring music to school children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra, provide free musical instruction to high-risk children at their most vulnerable time in the learning process and offer a Free Student Ticket Program as a natural outgrowth of our commitment to bring top-quality classical music education to our region. The Symphony also operates a Primo Orchestra for younger, up-and-coming musicians.


In keeping with its mandate to be enriching the community, Symphony of the Mountains has initiated an outreach program to raise awareness regarding concerns for people who are homeless. As part of this effort, the Symphony co-commissioned a Violin Concerto called “Paths to Dignity” by Lucas Richman. It addresses the “Paths to Dignity” for people who are unsheltered. In the weeks leading up to the concert, extensive outreach helped educate our communities about the issues of people who are homeless and provided music in places where individuals and families who are unsheltered can enjoy it.

Cornelia Laemmli Orth, Director

symphony of the mountains

Cornelia Laemmli Orth is in her sixteenth season as Music Director of Symphony of the Mountains.

In addition to Masterworks Series, she has developed new series of Summer Outdoor, Family, Young People, Pops, Patriotic and Cross-Over concerts. World renowned soloists are regular guests with Symphony of the Mountains. As an advocate for Contemporary Music, Cornelia brings a variety of new music to the region. Her concert lectures, involvement with area schools, colleges and universities, speeches for civic organizations, regular TV and radio appearances and collaborations with regional art organizations have made her a vital part of the community.

In October 2017, she appeared as guest conductor with the Brevard Philharmonic in Brevard, NC.

From 2010-2012, she held the position of interim music director for the Appalachian Philharmonic and the Appalachian State University Opera Program in Boone, NC. She serves now on the advisory board for the Hayes School of Music.

During the 2014-2015 Season, Cornelia had her debut as guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, NC. Prior to her engagement with Symphony of the Mountains, Cornelia held the position of music director and conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Choir. She served as Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony from 2002-2008 and since then has had several appearances with this orchestra.

In Europe, she was music director of the Operetta Theatre in Moeriken, Switzerland, guest assistant conductor under Philippe Jordan at La Scala in Milano, Italy, worked with the Bohuslav Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and conducted many concerts with choirs and ad hoc orchestras with musicians from the Zurich Opera House and the Tonhalle Orchestra.

Cornelia received her Lehrdiplom in piano from the Conservatory at Winterhur and graduated from the Conservatory and University in Zurich with her Masters in Music Education and Choral Conducting.

She obtained her Masters in Orchestra Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied under Victor Yampolsky. In a variety of workshop settings, she studied under Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Joann Falletta, Robert Spano, Kirk Trevor, Tsung Yeh, Milen Nachev and Johannes Schlaefli.

Cornelia convincingly combines the classical-romantic tradition of her old-world origins with the unique American flavor that her international background and extensive work experience in her adopted country has provided and is a sought-after guest conductor in the USA and in Europe.