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The Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection Comes to Radio City Music Hall

Sep. 15, 2009

Next month a rare concert experience graces the stage of New York City's Radio City Music Hall as Howard Shore's Academy Award-and Grammy-winning score to the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is performed live to projection of the film on October 9 and 10. The first part of Shore's The Lord of the RingsProjection Series, The Fellowship of the Ring is performed at Radio City by the 21st Century Orchestra under the direction of Ludwig Wicki and featuring the Collegiate Chorale, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and soprano Kaitlyn Lusk; over 300 musicians in all. A unique live-cinema event, the performance allows audiences to experience the film and score as never before. Doug Adams, author of the upcoming book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, comments:

This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience. Shore's score not only captures Fellowship's sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys, but also echoes the very construction of Tolkien's Middle-earth. Styles, instruments and performers collected from around the world provide each of Tolkien's cultures with a unique musical imprint.

The music's vast scope calls for symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, boys chorus and instrumental and vocal soloists singing in the Tolkien-crafted languages Quenya, Sindarin, Khuzdûl, Adûnaic, Black Speech, as well as English. Original folk songs stand alongside diatonic hymns, knots of polyphony, complex tone clusters and seething, dissonant aleatoric passages. It is purposeful, knowing writing, as contained in execution as it is far-reaching in influence; for within this broad framework resides a remarkably concise musical vision. Shore's writing assumes an earthy, grounded tone built on sturdy orchestral structures and a sense of line that is at once fluid yet stripped of frivolous ornamentation.

Additional works by Howard Shore from The Lord of the Rings include: The Lord of the Rings Symphony, The Two Towers: Live to Projection, The Return of the King: Live to Projection (to be premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland, February 2010) and The Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite.

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Howard Shore
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Live to Projection
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