Spirit of the Rockies concert planned

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Pro-Art Association and the town of Pennington Gap will present Spirit of the Rockies concert at Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap, at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 as part of the Lee County Cultural Arts Series.

The concert features Symphony of the Mountains with the Krüger Brothers, a trio of musicians from Switzerland who play a blend of American folk and bluegrass inspired by Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Flatt & Scruggs.

Spirit of the Rockies is a poetic tale of relationships and guides, telling of love, spiritual legacy, the sharing of beauty and freedom from restrictions of the mind. The Krüger brothers began singing and playing instruments regularly at 11 and 12 years old, then began a professional career more than 35 years ago.

The brothers, Jens and Uwe, eventually teamed with bass player Joel Landsberg to form a trio which has played professionally together since 1995.

Symphony of the Mountains, formed in 1946 as The Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, has grown from 27 original musicians, all volunteers as was the first conductor, to some 70 professionals in the orchestra now conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth.

The orchestra is committed to serve the entire region. It offers opportunities for young musicians through its Kingsport Symphony Youth Orchestra consisting of 80 youth, an Education in the Schools outreach program, and Musicians in the Schools. Its chorus merged with the Bristol Concert Choir under the name Voices of the Mountains.

Sponsors are the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation and Town of Pennington Gap.

Admission is $20; K-12 and college students are admitted free, and UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending this event.

For information, call Pro-Art at 276-376-4520.

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