Kingsport, TN – The Swiss-born North Carolina-based Kruger Brothers team up with Symphony of the Mountains on a musical trip “From the Alps to the Appalachians” to open the orchestra’s 2023-24 season, “Music Near and Far.” The post-Funfest outdoor performance will take place at 7:00pm, July 23 at the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater in Kingsport. The Kruger Brothers will also perform with the Symphony July 21 in Blowing Rock, NC and July 22 at UVA-Wise in Wise, VA.
The Kruger Brothers’ dedication to bluegrass music inspired Jens and Uwe Kruger to settle in North Carolina where they personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. They will perform selections from “Music from the Spring” and other works ranging from bluegrassy fiddle tunes and banjo breakdowns, to folk songs, classical, Celtic, blues, and an outstanding solo banjo cadenza. The first half of the concert will include a variety of music, including patriotic selections such as Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Amazing Grace,” “Salute to the Armed Forces,” as well as a medley of Appalachian tunes and music from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
In keeping with the season theme, Symphony of the Mountains’ opening fall concert brings Vienna-based, Big Stone Gap tenor Roy Cornelius Smith home for a pair of concerts including opera, musical theater, and country favorites. Other concerts this fall include Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and the ever popular “By the Fireside” holiday concerts.
Spring, 2024 events include “Lights, Camera, Action”, a concert of movie music featuring talented high school musicians playing our first ever side-by-side with our professional orchestra. In “Our Voices Rise Together” regional choirs and New York soloists will join the Symphony in a grand celebration of February’s Black History Month. “It’s a Mystery” will present Elgar’s beloved Enigma Variations, and the winner of the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, Joshua Kováč performing the iconic Dvorak Cello Concerto. The May Family and School concerts will capture audiences with “The Unicorn’s Birthday”, a sensory-friendly gentle symphony experience.
Information on these concerts and more can be found at the Symphony website, www.symphonyofthemountains.org. Discounted season ticket packages are available now by calling 423-392-8423. Individual concert tickets for most concerts can be purchased online or by calling the office. Tickets for the July 23 Allandale concert are $20 and can be purchased from either the Symphony or the Funfest office.