On August 16 and 17 the Mountain Empire is invited to see the special collaboration of Barter Theatre and the Symphony of the Mountains as they bring the music of "Les Mis" to soaring new heights.

The Barter/Symphony collaboration will take place at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

For tickets and more information, visit or call (423) 392-8423.

Last Sunday, Barter closed an extremely successful run of "Les Mis" in Abingdon, but the cast is eager to perform two more times backed by a full symphony. The orchestra pit at Barter Theatre is only large enough to hold six musicians, and that was a tight fit.

The Toy F. Reid Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, can hold the 30 Barter Theatre actors and a full orchestra.

Barter Theatre and Symphony of the Mountains are two of the longest-running performing arts organizations in the region.

Barter is celebrating 80 years and the Symphony is celebrating 65.

Barter first partnered with The Symphony in 2011 with "Cabaret" and the outpouring of support was exciting for both organizations.