Symphony of the Mountains “V” for Victory Concert

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Symphony of the Mountains “V” for Victory Concert

Sep 20, 2021 | News

Kingsport, TN – Symphony of the Mountains continues to believe in Live Music!

As the Covid-19 virus cases remain high in Northeast Tennessee, Symphony of the Mountains is moving its “Two Fifths of Beethoven” concert to the Kingsport Farmers Market. The semi- outdoor location will help keep everybody safe. Originally scheduled for October 16, the concert will now take place Sunday, October 17 at 3pm. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, probably the most famous symphony ever composed. The Piano Concerto will be rescheduled during the next season.

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.

Executive Director Scott Eddlemon remarked “this orchestra, founded at the end of World War II, has continued to bring live music to the region for 75 years. Probably no time in that 75 years has been more challenging than the last 18 months. However, our musicians along with our Music Director, Cornelia Laemmli Orth, have refused to give up. We have changed programs and adapted concerts again and again, and we will continue to do so until this pandemic is finally over. We are calling on our community to stand with us. Help us begin to claim victory over the virus by experiencing this masterpiece that helped win a war.”

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. For more information call the symphony office at 423-392-8423 or visit online at

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