On April 16, 2004, the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent will present the continental European premiere of The Lord of the Rings concert in the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. Leading composer Howard Shore will personally conduct the Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir.

It was New Zealander Peter Jackson who took up the challenge of filming the myths, landscapes and creatures created by Tolkien. The adventure began in December 2001 with The Fellowship of the Ring and continued in December 2002 with The Two Towers. The last part, The Return of the King, will start showing in theatres on 17 December 2003.

The peak will undoubtedly be the grand Lord of the Rings concert with composer Howard Shore on April 16, 2004. In absolute premiere, this concert is being brought to the European continent by the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent.

Howard Shore won the Oscar for the best original score for part 1 of The Lord of the Rings. The music is spectacular, dark and mysterious, yet at the same time expansive and varied, combining instrumental and solo voices with the power of a choir. Howard Shore uses instruments as varied as a Norwegian flute, a North American reed pipe and specific percussion to typify the characters.

Howard Shore has a great deal of film music to his name. Among others, he has written the scores for megahits such as The Game, The Silence of the Lambs, Gangs of New York, The Client, Seven and Philadelphia. This leading Canadian composer has also been behind the music in ten of David Cronenberg’s films, including Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers and Mr Butterfly. In 2002, Howard Shore won the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Soundtrack of the Year for Lord Of The Rings. The same year, he was awarded the Georges Delerue Prize for Best Music at the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent for his score in Spider. In other words, the concert on April 16, conducted by this internationally-lauded top composer, is certain to be a dramatically spectacular musical event.

Tickets for this unique European premiere are available for ordering right now via www.teleticketservice.com. Don’t delay, order today!

The Lord of the Rings
Symphony in Six Movements – LIVE concert
April 16, 2004 – 8.30 p.m.
Sportpaleis Antwerp
Flemish Radio Orchestra & Choir, conducted by Howard Shore