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“The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore’s Academy Award®-winning score
performed live to film on-stage by over 200 musicians Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale And Phoenix Boys Choir Conducted by Ludwig Wicki

Nine-city tour October 12 –23, 2011 Starting at Arena in Glendale, Arizona There is only one Lord of the Rings. Come share in the power.

(Los Angeles, June 3, 2011) — A nine-city West Coast tour of the highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring will begin on October 12 at Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Featuring Howard Shore’s complete Academy Award® and Grammy®–winning score performed live on-stage by more than 200 musicians, the Glendale presentation of Fellowship will be followed by engagements in San Diego, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Portland, Seattle, Fresno, Oakland and Sacramento. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 10 for all cities.

Celebrated Maestro Ludwig Wicki, the preeminent conductor of Howard Shore’s Ring music, will conduct all performances. Joining Maestro Wicki is soprano Kaitlyn Lusk, who has toured the world as a soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony.

Peter Jackson’s complete award-winning epic will be projected digitally on an immense 60-foot screen using an uncompressed high definition source with two 20k lumen projectors while the combined forces of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and Phoenix Boys Choir bring the music of Middle-earth to life.

The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ringkicks off a three-year celebration during which each of the three Academy Award®-winning films will be performed In Concert upon the tenth anniversary of its release. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) will tour in 2011, The Two Towers (2002) in 2012, and the grand finale, The Return of the King (2003), in 2013.

Composer Howard Shore said, “My first score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, was the beginning of my journey into the world of Tolkien, and I will always hold a special fondness for the music and the 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. In operatic fashion, these musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashing – and always bending to the will of the One Ring and its own ominous family of themes.

Doug Adams, author of the comprehensive book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films and advisor to this In Concert presentation, said:

The Lord of the Ringsis a story of universal human themes and experiences, including perseverance, sacrifice, friendship, and loyalty. These were the backbone of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, of Peter Jackson’s films, and, of course, of Howard Shore’s music.

These live performances place the score in the spotlight, and create a wholly new and unique audience experience. Even our most ardent fans are amazed at how completely Shore recreates Middle-earth in music – and how the live score provides narrative clarity, structural complexity, and above all, a living heart to the story. There’s nothing quite like it.

This is an extraordinarily moving communal experience. It’s our chance to join the Fellowship.

In 2009, over 10,000 people filled New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the American premiere of The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring. TheNew York Times said, “The music of Middle-earth soared through misty climes and rumbled through Hadean depths at Radio City Music Hall [as] Howard Shore’s intricate, far-reaching fabric of leitmotifs surged to the fore.” Entertainment Weekly said “it was a terrific night at the theater.”

The tour, created by Howard Shore, is produced by CAMI Music, and Alex Rabens is the producer.”

The Soundscapes of Middle-earth series will bring you in-depth coverage of the tour, so for fans of the LOTR franchise, or fans of orchestra music in general, you will be able to experience this momentous event from your own computer!

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