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FredO writes: Ive attached some photos from the post-concert reception at Heinz Hall from last nights Lord Of The Rings concert. I am the person standing next to Billy as someone to his left is holding a tee-shirt I gave him. My wife, Sue is the woman in the next picture with Billy. The first photo is of Tom who is holding a copy of Regional Cookbook For Middle Earth. Standing next to Tom is the author of the cookbook, Stephanie Simmons. Stephanie worked very hard with the Pittsburgh Symphony to provide a pre-concert benefit dinner. The other photo is of a local Ringer named Bonnie in her Gladriel outfit. She is accompanied by Joe and Jen.
The concert was amazing last night. The orchestra was terrific and the atmosphere in the hall was electric. Billy performed The Edge Of Night with warmth and depth and amazing pacing and dynamics. For such a short work that song carries a lot of emotion. Billys voice was clear and strong and his performance was incredible. John Mauceris conducting was demonstrative as he lead the PSO through Howard Shores fantastic score. The whole night was like a big roller coaster ride. The audience insisted on 3 curtain calls and cheered, whistled and yelled.
Billy proved to be a most gracious celebrity at the post-concert reception. He signed programs, magazines, shirts and whatever else anyone brought to him. He received several beautiful gifts including a beautiful painting and a wonderful framed copy of the lyrics to The Edge Of Night done in calligraphy. There were people from as far away as Britain at the concert. It was so nice to meet Billy and get the chance to thank him for coming and making the concert so special. I had a tremendous time and blessed to be able to go back tonight and do it all again!