Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was critical in the victory of the Allies in World War II. The familiar first four notes convert to dot dot dot dash in Morse code indicating the letter “V” for Victory. Winston Churchill urged citizens to display a “V” wherever they could. He called it “the symbol of the unconquerable will of the people.” BBC Radio played the four notes on the timpani 150 times a day before every news broadcast.
Through the generosity of our loyal donors and concert sponsor Smith Conkin Dixon Wealth Management Group of Merrill Lynch, the concert will be presented free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. The 45-minute performance will take place rain or shine in the covered open-air market across from Food City at 308 Clinchfield St. in Kingsport. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit socially distanced from other family groups. There will be a limited number of chairs available on site.