There are some very exciting Lord of the Rings related live performance opportunities this summer to tide you over until “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” release later this year. In Ottawa, the NAC will be screening “The Fellowship of the Ring” and providing the musical soundtrack for 3 performances: July 5th, 6th and 7th. (Many thanks to Emanuel for that information!) Similarly, The Lord of the Rings in Concert has a few forthcoming dates in France, Australia and Chile. The Hobbit returns to The Maverick Theater in Fullerton, California. This imaginative production, reviewed here at Backstage.com, runs now until July 14th and is a must see. (Thank you Ringwinner for the heads up!) If you haven’t already caught Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings you’ll have an opportunity as the show moves to Austin, Texas June 20th through 24th, Columbia, Maryland June 29th, San Jose, California July 24th through 29th and the exciting Fringe Festival in Edinburgh August 13th through 27th. Lastly, the popular musical Fellowship! closes at the Trepany House in Hollywood after the 11pm performance on Friday, June 29th.
From sydneysymphony.com: By popular demand – the second film from Peter Jackson’s trilogy, with its stunning orchestral score performed live on stage. In 2011 we presented The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings. With the movie on the big screen and the orchestra performing Howard Shore’s music, the result made for some awesome hours in the concert hall. Then we were deluged! Faster than hordes of orcs storming Helm’s Deep, the emails flooded in. And the phone calls, the tweets and the Facebook posts. Everyone wanted to know when we’d be presenting the rest of the trilogy. So we’re delighted to announce Part II of The Lord of the Rings with two evening concerts and one matinee performance. Tickets
On today’s show, we release some new ‘Hobbit’ shooting locations, Warner Brothers Interactive says a LEGO ‘Hobbit’ videogame is in the works, a new episode of “4 Tanks and a Healer” is up, and if you’re on the west coast make sure to check out LOTR in Concert!
“The Lord of the Rings” is coming to Oakland’s Oracle Arena in concert form Saturday, and as part of the experience, there will be a display of props created during the production of the movie trilogy that are now part of a private collection of Troika Brodsky.
Among the shields, helmets and costumes featured are Gimli’s battle-ax, a complete Ringwraith costume, a pair of hairy hobbit feet and Frodo’s sword, Sting. More..
Big Fan writes: It was stupendous. It was, for me, a dream come true. To hear it live was exhilirating, to watch the musicians was inspiring. I always knew it was complex composition, but to watch the string players do what they do, with this music, for such a prolonged period of time, without missing a note, was awe-inspiring. I loved it when the music swelled to the point of drowning out the dialogue.
Troika sends along some images from the FOTR Concerts taking place out on the west coast. Take a look at some of the behind the scenes goodies on display! If you are attending one of these concerts send us your report and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 200 musicians pick up their instruments Saturday night to accompany The Lord of the Rings film “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The score, composed by Howard Shore, won both the Grammy and Academy awards. The film will be projected onto a 60-foot screen at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Musicologist Doug Adams was given exclusive access to Howard Shore, his scores, and the film’s original artwork for his book “The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films.” More..
morphiaflow writes: I live in Glendale, AZ and attended the premiere of the LORD OF THE RINGS—FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING symphony concert tour last night (Wednesday October 12, 2011), at the Jobbing.com Arena. I offer my thoughts on the event for any who might care.
For starters, let me state that I’m a lifelong Tolkien/LOTR fan, as well as a fan of Peter Jackson in general, AND Howard Shore—I love not just his film scores, but as a huge Saturday Night Live fan, the fact that he was a crucial part of that show in its formative years makes him an extremely interesting individual to me. So the Jackson/Shore/Tolkien association has always been a multiple win in my book.
Also, back in fall 2009 I attended the “Star Wars In Concert” tour at the same venue, which featured musical suites from all six films, with live orchestra and choir, hosted and narrated by Anthony Daniels (C-3P0). The musical selections were arranged more or less chronologically in the Star Wars saga, but sometimes linked by a theme, a character or a specific part of the story arc, and were accompanied by visuals (but not dialogue) from the Star Wars films.
If you go to the movies, even casually, you have been moved by his work. Assisting directors, he makes audiences laugh and cry and with over 80 scores, three Oscars and more than 50 other awards to his name, Howard Shore is a master movie composer. He has collaborated with David Cronenberg, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme and David Fincher to name just a few. But it is his work with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy that has won him his widest commercial acclaim.
With a nine-city tour of The Lord of the Rings in concert: The Fellowship of the Ring to kick off Wednesday in Glendale Arizona, TheOneRing.net spoke with Shore (in London) by phone about the unique event that combines a film screening with a live performance of his score.
TORn: Is there an excitement about these live performances?
Howard Shore: It is very exciting, I am very much looking forward to it. (more…)
The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring is the groundbreaking first installment of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy. Featuring, Howard Shore’s complete Academy Award® and Grammy®–winning score performed live on-stage by more than 250 musicians with the film projected on an immense 60-foot screen. Entertainment Weekly calls it “High Class Geekery” and The San Francisco Examiner exclaims “It’s The Concert of the Decade.”
The Lord of the Rings in Concert will be hitting San Diego, California on October 13. In addition to the orchestra performance of the soundtrack live to the screening of the film, they will also have 22 original movie props and costumes on display. Since they will also have the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra performing before the big concert, this is definitely going to be a Family Friendly event. See the link below for tickets and further details. http://valleyviewcasinocenter.com/Lord-of-the-Rings-In-Concert-October-13-7-30-pm
But the invasion begins earlier, this Saturday, to be exact. There will be a flashmob of Hobbits and other Middle-earth denizens near the Old Globe Theater tomorrow, October 8 at 12:30pm. See the Valley View Casino Center’s facebook page linked below for more details and a Youtube video showing the flashmob dance steps. More..
Calling all costumed LOTR fans who want to share their hard work, dedication and love of LOTR on TV. We need you! In conjunction with the LOTR Concert Tour next month, promoters are looking for some cool costumes to showcase on local TV stations.
If you are interested and have a really cool LOTR costume you’d like to showcase, and live in the following areas San Diego, Phoenix, Sacramento & Fresno. Drop me a line at email@example.com. See you on the small screen!
Doug Adams writes: In May of this year, I was contacted by Howard Shore’s office with a rather unique request: Can you write a concert? Wait, let me back up.
Before I came into the picture this inchoate concert was the brainchild of James Cassidy, conductor of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Cassidy had envisioned a concert that would encompass both of the great musical Rings, one Wagner’s, one Tolkien’s/Shore’s. He had brought his idea to Shore, who was intrigued. This, of course, had been a topic of conversation for a number of years. Jonathan Dean had given some Wagner/Shore talks back in the early 2000s, and added some thoughts for the Music of LOTR book. Alex Ross had written a piece for the New Yorker. One of New York’s very first choral performances of Shore’s Rings music featured a sort of back-to-back with Wagner. But these fascinating comparative glimpses were just this — cursory glimpses into a rich vein of subject matter. More..
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