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Symphony of the Mountains Postpones Start of Diamond Jubilee Season | Culture & Leisure

KINGSPORT – Symphony of the Mountains will be waiting a little longer to kick off its 75th anniversary season.

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Tri-Cities, Symphony of the Mountains has announced that it will postpone the start of its Diamond Jubilee season until October.

Unfortunately, that also means there won’t be an Oak Ridge Boys concert this season. The September 18 kickoff reportedly featured the popular quartet, but rescheduling was not an option. A replacement concert will be given in the spring. The new program will be announced as soon as the arrangements are finalized.

All purchase of single tickets for the Oak Ridge Boys will be refunded. Subscribers can use the canceled concert tickets to attend the replacement spring concert, or they can call the symphony office to arrange refunds.

The new Diamond Jubilee opening concert will be “Beethoven’s Two Fifths”. The concert, scheduled for October 16 in the auditorium of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, will feature musical director Cornelia Laemmli Orth leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.5, known in the whole world by its first four notes. The other “fifth” will be the “Fifth Piano Concerto”, known as the Emperor’s Concerto, performed by Russian pianist Tatiana Tessman. Both works are performed on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in December 1770.

Discounted anniversary season ticket packages are still available, as are single tickets for all concerts. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (423) 392-8423. Spectators are reminded that the auditorium of the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center requires that people be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend performances.