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Symphony of the Mountains and The Kruger Brothers On Tour At Home And Abroad!

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Kingsport, TN – Symphony of the Mountains first performed with The Krüger Brothers in 2015 and the spectacular concert had the audience asking how soon we could do it again. This season, we are giving you three chances to experience the magic of live, Symphonic Bluegrass locally.

  • September 16 at 7:00pm at Lee Theatre, Pennington Gap, VA;
  • September 17 at 7:30pm at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN; and
  • September 18 at 3:00pm at Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA.

In addition to these public concerts, Symphony of the Mountains will perform a free school concert the morning of September 16 at Lee Theater. This free school concert will allow an unduplicated live arts experience with world famous musicians for children throughout Lee and surrounding counties.

Beyond our local concerts, Symphony of the Mountains has been invited to tour with The Krüger Brothers:

  • September 24 at the Carolina In The Fall Festival in Wilkesboro, NC;
  • October 1 at the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC; and
  • October 29 – November 5 in Altdorf, Basel and Zürich, Switzerland.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have in this region on a world stage” says Symphony of the Mountains Conductor Cornelia Laemmlil Orth. “The Krüger Brothers could have asked many other orchestras to tour with them, but they chose Symphony of the Mountains and we are honored.”

Banff 2The concerts will feature The Krüger Brothers “Spirit of the Rockies”, a work commissioned in 2011 for the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Upon seeing the Canadian Rockies for the first time, Jens Krüger said “I was instantly transformed by the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and lakes and immediately began imagining and creating music in my mind that could reflect such a landscape.”

The time and place for this piece is the turn of the last century in Banff, Alberta. Nestled in the Rockies, it’s a world that, until then, had done its best to live up to the conventional view of the region: rough and largely untamed. The settlers came in search of wealth, carried on trains riding the 3,000 miles of steel ribbon that had recently linked one ocean with another, spanning the continent of North America.

The piece begins as a man in old age thinks back to when he first arrived in the Canadian Rockies to work as a guide. There he fell in love, from a distance, with a young woman who mysteriously went missing. We listen as he recalls how his brief encounter with her forever changed his perceptions of himself and his place in the world. A defining time in his life, it is one that all these years later he still struggles to fully understand.

Ultimately, his is a story of discovery about how a new land, and a new perspective, can lead us to find new things in ourselves. “Spirit of the Rockies”, says Krüger of the mountains, “is our own falling in love and our own understanding of beauty. …[The understanding that] we are part of this world, and it is a part of us”.

Tickets for September 16, 17 and 18 are available by calling the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visiting our website at As with all Symphony of the Mountains subscription concerts, children and students are admitted free.

Festival tickets and Switzerland information are available on their websites: Wilkesboro, NC Raleigh, NC All Swiss dates

Sponsored by: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Credit Union, James & Laura Rogers Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. McGlothlin, Marcia & Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, The Estate of James C. Martin In Memory of Mary B. Martin, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, United Companies Charitable Foundation, Women’s Symphony Committee