On the last Friday in July, the hills will come alive with the sounds and sights of the annual Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort event on Friday, July 26.

The theme, A Journey of Imagination, will be reflected in the musical selections as well as the décor of some of the 30 patron tents that line the lake.

The Symphony of the Mountains, directed by Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, will be featured again this year. Symphony of the Mountains consists of professionally paid musicians that call a great many places home, including the Tri-Cities, Tenn/Va.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Asheville; Winston Salem; and beyond. Attendees to this year’s performance will enjoy arrangements from the fantasy worlds of many popular movies and musicals, including Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter.

Guest soloist Carla Karst will join the orchestra for part of the second half of the program and, as always, the Symphony will perform the last musical selections during the thrilling fireworks finale.

In addition to the headline guests, the Symphony by the Lake also welcomes an opening act from 5:45-7:15 p.m., with the Symphony of the Mountains taking center stage at 7:30 p.m.

“This year, the Symphony will feature The Kincaids, a talented husband and wife duo, for the opening performance,” said Charles Hardin, president of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. “They have a wonderful mellow sound and presence we know the audience will enjoy as they’re settling in for the evening.”

Tickets are still available for the audiophile section, located in front of the orchestra tent.

“Located just in front of the Symphony tent, this special area encourages quiet enjoyment of the event,” the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce stated. “Reserved seats and shared side tables are provided along with a charcuterie box, two beverage tickets and water.”

Parking at Chetola Resort is limited, so it is recommended to buy passes in advance from the Chamber. A limited number of additional passes may be available at the entrance to Chetola when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. on July 26. Limited free parking is also available first come, first served at Tanger Outlets, where attendees can walk directly into the back entrance of Chetola. In addition, free shuttles are provided for attendees from Tweetsie Railroad to the back entrance of Chetola.

Guests parking in town or at one of the parking decks in Blowing Rock (at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum or the American Legion) can also catch a ride in a marked courtesy vehicle, provided by Hendrick Luxury Group, to the back entrance of Chetola. Special parking and trolley service is available for those with mobility challenges at Food Lion. This trolley will take attendees directly to the lawn for seating.

Tickets are available online and at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 132 Park Ave. Tickets purchased in advance can be picked up between 3-7 p.m. in a special drive-through will call on the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased at the front and back entrance gates from 5-7:30 p.m.

For more details and tickets, go to symphonybythelake.com.

The Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort is produced by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

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