By David Rogers. July 28, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — If nothing else, Blowing Rock proved to be full of intrepid souls Friday night, with nearly 3,000 braving the elements to listen to rapturous music and party hardy at the 2017 Symphony By The Lake, hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at Chetola Mountain Resort.
Blowing Rock is often described as a “tourist town,” and this year’s Symphony celebrated travel and tourism in all the most creative ways — with the various tent sponsors instructed to put on their most inspired “Dr. Seuss” game face when dressing up their coveted spots.
With a theme of “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” many in the audience — particularly in the sponsor tents surrounding the main grassy amphitheater — were in character both in costume, as well as in the culinary arts (and adult beverages aplenty). It was a theme that lent itself to creativity, and Blowing Rock’s party animals took symphony strollers on virtual safari, from Japan to Myrtle Beach and beyond.
Karyn and Dieter Herterich’s space has grown to a “campus” of sorts, and featured at least six different “places” that you might go: from George and Betsy Wilcox’s “Disco”, to the Bob Stiles (as NFL referee) table’s “We’re Going To The Super Bowl”, where Charlotte guest Pat Riley sported a Tom Brady jersey (that he purportedly stole), to the Herterichs’ own table going the General Hospital with a “Grey’s Anatomy” theme.
We’re not sure whether Dr. Strangeglove belonged to the General Hospital table or the “Insane Asylum” group, but probably the latter.
Leigh Dunston was looking quite regal, as opposed to legal. Bob Burroughs, a former judge, probably would not be allowed in most courtrooms with his old time “Admiral” get-up — unless he was bucking for an insanity plea. And although we thought we would have to wait for August 21st to see the historic solar eclipse, the eclipse crashed the symphony party looking very much like Alice Roess. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Glover were fashionably late arrivals, looking dressed to join the “Disco” party.
Speaking of Appalachian State, Chancellor Sheri Everts, Chief of Staff Hank Foreman, and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Paul Forte were on hand. Former head coach Jerry Moore was spotted, as was current head coach Scott Satterfield and wife Beth. There were the Myers, the Barkers, the Websters, the Tausches, the Lawrences, the Hardins, the Cutlips, the Williamsons, and the Pages and on and on and on…
Friday night’s symphony proved once again that, rain or shine, Blowing Rock turns out for a party and just about everybody that was anybody was on hand — and they were too many to name them all.
And did we mention this was a celebration of music? Once again the featured musicians are the Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, with special vocal solos by Irish tenor, Emmet Cahill.
The programme included:
- National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith, 1750-1836)
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Overture (Gioachino Rossini)
- Spanish Lady (Traditional arr. Munro)
- I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen (Thomas Westerdorf)
Will Ye Go (Francis McPeake)
- Oft in the Stilly Night (Kander/Ebb arr. Lopez, 1779-1852)
- Cavan Girl (Traditional arr. Cahill/Monroe)
- An Irish Lullaby (James Royce Shannon, 1881-1946)
- Selections from Phantom of the Opera (Andrew Lloyd Webber, b. 1948)
- Music of the Night
- This is the Moment (Wildhorn/Bricusse)
- Carmen, Prelude (Georges Bizet, 1838-1875)
- Toreador Song
- The Irish Dragon, Circus Gallop (John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932)
- The Lord of the Dance Selections (Hardiman/Moore)
- My Irish Molly (Traditional)
- The Parting Glass (Traditional arr. Brett/Munro)
- Danny Boy (Brett/Munro)
- You Raise Me Up (Graham/Lovland)
- Stars & Stripes (John Philip Sousa, 1854-1932)
And of course Stars & Stripes was joined by a pyrotechnic display.