Symphony on the Mountain 2015. Tickets are on sale now for SOTM 2015 which will take place in July next year. Bulletin file.

Tickets on sale now for Symphony on the Mountain 2021

Tickets for Symphony on the Mountain 2021 are on sale now, with the gala scheduled for Friday, July 9 and the concert on July 10, 2021.

The event was last held in 2015 at the top of Northstar Mountain at Kimberley Alpine Resort and primarily organized by a group led by Jim Webster, along with an army of volunteers, with music provided by the Symphony of the Kootenays.

Webster told the Bulletin that he and his cohort had talked about getting planning going a few months ago, with everyone agreeing they would like to hold it again next year, but he kept holding back, thinking he wasn’t sure that people were ready for such an announcement.

“And then, to see how quickly this vaccine rollout has gone from nothing to being distributed all over the world and people are starting to get vaccinated, I think we all just said let’s do it and let’s get it out before Christmas and let’s give people something to look forward to,” Webster said.

Worst case scenario, he added, if events are still prohibited due to the pandemic by summer next year, they will either refund tickets or defer the event by a year.

“Because really once we’ve got the program, we’ve got the music and whether it happens this July or the following July it doesn’t matter, but we’re really hoping it’ll happen this coming July.”

The Symphony of the Kootenays will once again be the performing group for the event and president Ian Adams said they’re super excited to have something to look forward to.

“It’s still a long ways off in the future,” Adams said. “As a society we’ve got a lot to get through between now and then, but there hasn’t been much positive news, particularly for performing arts. They’ve been hit very hard by the pandemic. They were one of the first things to be cancelled and they’re probably going to be one of the last to come back in terms of indoor live shows and performances.”

Adams said he’s very optimistic about where the world will be from a vaccination point of view by summer 2021 and of course, having the event outside is advantageous with the regards to thinking about planning an event.

He said they don’t have a lineup of songs picked out yet, but they will be selecting pieces that are accessible and well known, similar to last year when they played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, which features many sounds and motifs that suit a gorgeous outdoor setting. For their encore they played selections from The Sound of Music, truly fitting for a mountaintop concert in the Bavarian City of the Canadian Rockies.

The Symphony of the Kootenays are also unique in the sense that whenever they hold a concert, like SOTM 2015, they practice at home and then come together from many different cities on the Friday prior for a rehearsal, have a dress rehearsal on the Saturday and then perform later that evening.

“It’s mind boggling how it all comes together,” Webster said. “Last time with the Symphony on the Mountain we had a rehearsal on Friday night at the Conference Centre, and then Friday right after rehearsal we shuffled the instruments to the top of the hill and the next morning they had a rehearsal on top of the hill and then that evening we had the concert. It just came together like clockwork, it was amazing.”

Additionally, Webster said the whole community got behind the event, with volunteers coming out of the woodwork to help make it happen. He said he expects the same for 2021’s event.

“People here are just amazing,” he said. “When there’s an event that needs to be done they just step up and it’s great.”

This year they plan to position the orchestra lower down on the hill, and while Adams said he’s already had a few people ask why and say the whole point is to be on top of a mountain, being way up there presents a number of logistical challenges that are partially alleviated by setting up above the overpass bridge this time.

In addition to the difficulty of moving an orchestra’s worth of instruments, particularly percussive instruments which are not exactly the most portable things in the world, plus sound equipment and staging, there’s also concerns surrounding unforeseen weather events.

If a thunderstorm were to roll through, for example, there would be potentially hundreds of people exposed at the top of the hill and it’s not possible to get everyone down in a hurry.

“Being lower down you still have a great view where we are,” Adams said. “That was a point that we wanted so we got up high enough that we got the view, but we’re still low enough to keep our options open.”

There are also events throughout the weekend that will be at the top of the hill. Tickets will include the chairlift up and people can go up and explore at the top and then make their way back down for the Saturday evening concert.

There are two sets of tickets: Friday’s “Kootenay Gala” — think white teeshirts and black shorts —that will feature a gourmet meal and pristine vistas at the top of the hill, and then tickets for Saturday where you can picnic or hike around the mountain during the afternoon and then see the full concert.

Webster’s thought that people need something to look forward to were not unsubstantiated. At the time of his interview with the Bulletin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, just an hour after tickets went on sale, 20 per cent of tickets to Friday’s gala have sold out.

You can purchase tickets at this link here: http://www.symphonyonthemountain.com/?fbclid=IwAR2uX4avl3dFIUODZUJ68qP_qfrDygbWpbc4NZvAL98q8hVzeYGaKco6cd0



paul.rodgers@kimberleybulletin

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Kimberley residents were treated to the first Farmers' Market of the season, and the feeling of a return to normalcy. Paul Rodgers photos.
WATCH: Kimberley’s first Farmers’ Market of the season

Kimberley residents enjoyed the first Farmers’ Market of the year on Thursday,… Continue reading

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read