Symphony of the Mountains Announces 75th Anniversary Season

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Symphony of the Mountains Announces 75th Anniversary Season

Jun 15, 2021 | News

Kingsport, TN – 75 years ago, a group of local musicians got together and founded the Kingsport Symphony. Now a fully professional and regional orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with a wonderfully varied slate of concerts:

Music from Around the World

July 24 at UVA Wise & July 25 at Kingsport Allandale Mansion Amphitheater

Bring a picnic and take a musical trip around the world, enjoying music from every continent (even Antarctica!). Bass-Baritone Michael Rodgers will join our 75-year-old orchestra in audience favorites like “Impossible Dream” and “Ol’ Man River.”

Diamond Jubilee Concert: The Oak Ridge Boys

September 18 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium

Join us for our birthday celebration with Tennessee’s own Oak Ridge Boys joining the orchestra to perform fan favorites including “Ozark Mountain Jubilee,” “American Made” and “Elvira.”

Two Fifths of Beethoven

October 16 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium

Hear the most famous four notes ever written, as Symphony of the Mountains performs Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, followed by his Fifth Piano Concerto, the “Emperor,” featuring pianist Miri Yampolsky.

Voices of the Mountains: American Pastorales

November 5 at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, Johnson City

The Voices, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Potterton, return after a year’s hiatus to perform Cecil Effinger’s Four Pastorales along with the music of Dale Trumbore and Gwyneth Walker.

By the Fireside with Symphony of the Mountains

December 4 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium & December 5 at McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory & Henry College

Enjoy an afternoon of warmth and wonder at our annual holiday concerts.  Featured guests include the Academy of Strings, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Mountain Mission School Choir and our own Voices of the Mountains.

Woodwinds and All That Jazz

February 5 at Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol

Symphony of the Mountains’ Woodwind Quintet will play works by Gunther Schuller and Appalachian music by regional composer Greg Danner followed by the delightfully intriguing “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio” by Claude Bolling featuring SOTM’s principal cellist, Mathew Wilkinson.

English Delights

March 26 at Martin Center for the Arts, Johnson City

Three works from “across the pond”:  ETSU musicians will join the orchestra in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “Ballade.” In Elgar’s Cello Concerto Juilliard student Benjamin Doane, winner of last year’s young artist concerto competition, is the featured soloist. John Rutter’s famous Requiem will be presented in collaboration with the ETSU Chorale, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, the Tusculum University Choir, the Voices of the Mountains, and soprano Jennifer Harrell.

Eastman Celebration Concert: The Planets

May 7 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium

We will celebrate Eastman’s 100th anniversary with a performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” a masterpiece premiered the same year Eastman was founded. A visual presentation courtesy of Bays Mountain Planetarium will enrich the experience. Featured guests are Cantemus Women’s Choir, Dobyns-Bennett High School Chamber Choir, and the Voices of the Mountains. The concert will open with Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

When Instruments Roamed the Earth™!®

May 8 at Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol

Symphony of the Mountains is pleased to present this delightful program, introducing families to the instruments of the orchestra as if dinosaurs of the past. We will take a tour through Tennessee and Virginia performing public concerts and school concerts at no charge for children and students of all ages.

Voices of the Mountains Auditions

Our symphony chorus, the Voices of the Mountains is seeking new singers. Auditions will be held July 26. The Youth Orchestra and Primo Orchestra also returns this fall. Audition deadline is August 15. Call the symphony office for more information.

Both subscription tickets and single tickets are now on sale for all performances. Please note that Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center Auditorium requires the audience to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to attend. Tickets may be purchase online at or by calling the Symphony office at 423.293.8423.

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