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Archive for June, 2006

Tolkien Opera in NYC?

World Premiere of LEITHIAN, Part I, to be given in New York

J. R. R. Tolkien Tale Is Set by American Composer

The world premiere of Part I of the opera LEITHIAN, by Adam Klein, will be presented July 1, 2006, 7 PM at Liederkranz Hall, 6 East 87th Street, New York City.

LEITHIAN is based on THE SILMARILLION by J. R. R. Tolkien, “1977 George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd., and is used by permission.

This concert performance will feature Tami Swartz, soprano; Adam Klein, tenor; David Adam Moore, baritone; Dianna Dollman, mezzo-soprano; George Kasarjian, countertenor; and Elizabeth Hastings, music director.

THE SILMARILLION, begun in 1914 and published posthumously by Tolkien’s son Christopher, predates THE HOBBIT and its sequel THE LORD OF THE RINGS, which in fact are themselves sequels to this earlier mythic history.

LEITHIAN, or Release from Bondage, takes place in the First Age of Middle-earth, when Sauron was but a captain of an even greater evil being, Morgoth the Black Enemy. (The stories of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS occur in the Third Age.) It is the heroic tale of how Beren and Lúthien – ancestors of Aragorn, Arwen and Elrond – achieved what the entire Elvish army could not: rescue one of the three Silmarils (luminous jewels made by the great Elf-smith Fëanor) from Morgoth’s Crown. It is also the story of the first union between Elf and Man (the last being Arwen and Aragorn).

ASCAP member Adam Klein, who studied composition with John Lessard and Donald Erb, has been a composer since age seven. He began LEITHIAN in 1982 after reading that Tolkien had hoped his stories would be set to music. Completed in 1992, this epic opera (four and one half hours of music plus intermissions) is faithful to its source: the story was not altered and no characters were omitted or conflated. The libretto blends texts by Tolkien and the composer, the former’s being too incomplete to draw from exclusively. The concert on July 1 will present the first half of the piece, though like THE LORD OF THE RINGS it was written as one continuous drama.

In addition to LEITHIAN, Mr. Klein has composed a children’s opera, GOLDIE LOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, and has written numerous songs. He has also performed in many contemporary operas, most recently AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY at the Metropolitan Opera.

Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.

For further information, call 212-316-1695 or visit adamcjklein.us

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LOTR Online Update

Ramen, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: We’ve just posted a brand new Developer Diary on the official LOTRO site. ‘From Orcs to smials, Lead Content Support Artist Rick “October” Schmitz discusses the wide assortment of objects his team is creating for The Lord of the Rings Online, and takes you on a revealing tour of a Game Artist in its natural habitat! [More]

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LOTR Musical Rules The Doras

Tigger writes: I just saw over at CBC.ca that The Lord of the Rings Musical dominated the Dora Awards tonight in Toronto. The Doras are the Canadian version of the Tony Awards. [More]

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DVD Tuesday: Madea, Annapolis, Ultraviolet & More!

A ton of interesting new films are out on DVD this week. Take an early look on our ‘DVD Tuesday’ feature…every Monday! Check out Madea’s Family Reunion, Find Me Guilty, Ultraviolet & more! [More]

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Glasgow LOTR Symphony Review

Steven writes: I just got back from the LOTR Symphony in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and wanted to share with you my impressions of the evening. The music was presented in 6 movements and ran for around 2 hours. The first part before the interval was devoted to the Fellowship of the Ring, which meant that the movements for the second and third films were squeezed into the last hour, which was a bit of a shame because there’s some great music in those scores. Nonetheless, the music included was played really well. [More]

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Glasgow LOTR Symphony Review

Steven writes: I just got back from the LOTR Symphony in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and wanted to share with you my impressions of the evening. The music was presented in 6 movements and ran for around 2 hours. The first part before the interval was devoted to the Fellowship of the Ring, which meant that the movements for the second and third films were squeezed into the last hour, which was a bit of a shame because there’s some great music in those scores. Nonetheless, the music included was played really well.

The highlight of the first half for me was the build up to the fight in Balins’ tomb which, as on the 1 disc CD, runs into ‘The Bridge of Khazad Dum’ – the way the orchestra played the Fellowship theme here was the best I’d heard it played on any of the Fellowship CD’s. Maybe that’s because I heard it live right in front of me or because the music didn’t need to be orchestrated to match onscreen action, I don’t know! The second half highlight was ‘The White Tree’ when the beacons are lit. Other musical highlights for me were hearing the Isengard theme played live, as well as the Amon Hen music.

The first half featured a young soloist from the RSNO Junior chorus, who did really well when it came to his turn to sing. The female soloist – Ann De Renais according to the programme – did a good job in the second half, though I doubt it was easy stepping into the shoes of Annie Lennox for ‘Into The West’ at the end of the final movement! I should mention the work of the Live Visual Artist here also. There was a nice presentation of concept art on a big screen up above the orchestra, but I appreciated the lighting much more (I’ve got all the Art Of.. books anyway!) here. The way if turned green to represent the Shire and the different Elvish locations, but particularly when the light went red during ‘The Bridge Of Khazad Dum’ with artwork of the Balrog being projected.

I could nit-pick (tracks not included, themes absent from certain pieces – man, I waited ages to hear that Isengard theme!) but I won’t. It was only 2 hours after all, and there’s so much music in the LOTR scores that you can’t have everyone’s favourites included. I’ve only talked about what I personally liked. It was an amazing experience to hear some of my favourite movie music brought to life so vibrantly by a live orchestra and choir. Anyone who goes will, like me, not be disappointed!

If the LOTR Symphony is coming to a concert hall near you, get tickets and go see… or should that be hear…. it.

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More Special Edition DVD News

Malissa writes: I saw one of TORN’s latest posts about there being a new set of trilogy DVD’s to come out this fall. Well, I went to lordoftherings.net, & they have an advertisement about it on the main page! They are all three to release August 29th. Here is the page dedicated to the new DVD’s. [More]

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LOTR Musical Goodies

LOTR Musical Goodies Robin writes: I just returned from a trip to Toronto where we saw the fantastic new musical, Lord of the Rings. I loved the play and the music was great. The only thing I was disappointed in was that there was no CD of the music (they are saving that for the London cast) and there was no programs to purchase that had photos of the musical. BUT! I was able to find some great photos in the local “Where” magazine for tourists, the local newspaper and a pamphlet that was available in the theater. I did notice in the hand-out program that there will be a “The Lord of the Rings: The Official Stage Companion” Based on the stage production – Available in August 2006 for $50.00 (Canadian?) Also, I’m including a picture of the items I purchased in the theater’s shop – poster, magnet, key chain and mug. Hope you enjoy these pics! [More]

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LOTR Online Guild Beta Promotion

Meghan, Online Community Manager for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar writes: As part of a special promotion, we’re going to be sending an additional round of Beta invitations to the top 100 guilds who sign up the most people for the LOTRO Beta. The top 10 guilds will automatically receive up to 100 Beta invites and the remaining top 90 will get up to 20 invites! [More]

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Bloom to Start Shooting ‘Seasons of Dust’ Next Month

From djdeathskiss via Comingsoon.net: Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) will join Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) in Seasons of Dust, a Depression-era drama written and to be directed by Tim Blake Nelson, reports Production Weekly. In the film, Janey (Bosworth) takes refuge with a farm family after grandfather’s suicide. But when the son tries to rape her, she injures him badly. Not knowing if he is alive or dead, Janey flees, and ultimately takes up with Ricky (Bloom), a dashing crook who is also on the lam. With the law and two hired hit-men hot on their trailer, Janey and Ricky engage in a frantic cross-country odyssey, trying to stay one step ahead of their determined pursuers. Production is scheduled to begin mid-July in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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Movie Chat: ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ this Sunday!

Movie Chat kicks off the summer schedule with a very special double-feature: ‘Alien’ and Aliens!’ The stirring tale of the crew of the Nostromo, and the further adventures of Ripley have entertained fans for over twenty years. Join us in what is sure to be a lively debate on the styles of Ridley Scott and James Cameron, the virtues and flaws of both films, and a lot of hooting over our favorite lines: “Game over, man!”

TORn’s chatroom takes a break from discussing all things Tolkien every other weekend to watch a classic film en masse as their very own MSTK. Join us Sunday at 2:30 pm EST when we’ll pop our copies of ‘Alien’ (theatrical version) into our DVD players. Then, at 5:30 pm EST, we’ll continue with ‘Aliens’ (special edition). [More]

Also, please check out our tentative Summer Schedule, as voted on by the fine folks in Barliman’s chat room. Upcoming featured films include: a double-feature of ‘Galaxy Quest,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and ‘Princess Bride.’ [The Schedule About IRC chat]

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Movie Chat: ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ this Sunday!

Movie Chat kicks off the summer schedule with a very special double-feature: ‘Alien’ and Aliens!’ The stirring tale of the crew of the Nostromo, and the further adventures of Ripley have entertained fans for over twenty years. Join us in what is sure to be a lively debate on the styles of Ridley Scott and James Cameron, the virtues and flaws of both films, and a lot of hooting over our favorite lines: “Game over, man!”

TORn’s chatroom takes a break from discussing all things Tolkien every other weekend to watch a classic film en masse as their very own MSTK. Join us Sunday at 2:30 pm EST when we’ll pop our copies of ‘Alien’ (theatrical version) into our DVD players. Then, at 5:30 pm EST, we’ll continue with ‘Aliens’ (special edition).

Also, please check out our tentative Summer Schedule below, as voted on by the fine folks in Barliman’s chat room. Upcoming featured films include: a double-feature of ‘Galaxy Quest,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and ‘Princess Bride.’About IRC chat]

Date: Sunday, June 25th
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Place: #moviechat on the TORn IRC server.

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help.

America:
5.30pm (New York)
4.30pm (Chicago)
3.30pm (Salt Lake City)
2.30pm (Los Angeles)

Europe:
10.30pm GMT (London)
11.30pm CET (Paris)

Asia-Pacific:
6.30am AWST (Sunday) Perth
8.30am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane
9.30am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney
11.30am NZDT (Sunday) Wellington

Where?

Movie Watch happens on #moviechat on irc.theonering.net — the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser (find it here!) or choose to install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer.

To find out more about using mIRC to connect to TORn IRC server, target=”_blank”>check out these instructions.

See you all then!


The Summer Schedule
Saturday chats approx. 5:30 p.m. EST / Sunday chats begin approx. 2:30 p.m. EST — All dates & times are tentative until confirmed
Sunday, June 25: Alien & Aliens
Saturday, July 8: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Saturday, July 22: Ghost Busters
Sunday, July 30: Princess Bride & Shaun Of The Dead
Saturday, August 19: Say Anything
Sunday, August 27th: Galaxy Quest & Memphis Belle
Saturday, Sept. 9: Finding Nemo
Saturday, Sept. 23: Fifth Element

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