Lincoln Center to Present THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy in Concert, April 2015
For the first time in North America, the complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings will be presented live, in concert, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, April 8-12, 2015. Beneath a giant screen, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists, in two trilogies, Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12. The production is created by CAMI Music, and follows acclaimed concert presentations of the first two films of The Lord of the Rings trilogy at Radio City Music Hall (2009 and 2010).
The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Lincoln Center, features the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki, which specializes in bringing films and their scores to life, and performs an annual program of film concerts at the KKL Luzern. Soloists and chorus for the 2015 trilogy performances at Lincoln Center, as well as related forums and other events, will be announced at a later date.
The epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), The Return of the King (2003) - directed by Peter Jackson and based on the beloved J. R. R. Tolkien novel became an international phenomenon. Released by New Line Cinema, the trilogy is among the highest earning films of all time, and won a total of 17 Academy Awards. Howard Shore was honored with Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score for The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) and The Return of the King (2004), and for Best Music, Original Song for Into the West, featured in The Return of the King (2004). Since 2008, more than 200 presentations of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, have taken place in cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The complete film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, was presented in Lucerne and Munich in 2011.
Howard Shore commented on the meaning of this North American premiere presentation of the trilogy, in concert: "It was fascinating to watch the performances of individual films of The Lord of the Rings, In Concert, at Radio City in 2009 and 2010. For those events, people came from all over the world: Scandinavia, Europe, the Far East. The book has been translated into 40 languages and has attracted a global fan-base. But the fan community doesn't often have the opportunity to come together in person and coalesce around a performance like this at the highest level. The trilogy at Lincoln Center is unique and something powerful happens - a synergy is created - in bringing together the music, live on a massive scale, with the films, in a magnificent house, and not only for one night, but presented over the course of a week. To bring the trilogy to New York is meaningful as it's a center of the cultural world, and Lincoln Center is at the heart of New York. It's the perfect place to play the Trilogy in its entirety. We hope that everyone who travels from near or far will feel they've arrived at a kind of contemporary, cultural Middle-earth."
HOWARD SHORE, COMPOSER
Howard Shore is among today's most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors. His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He has also been honored with four Grammy and three Golden Globe awards. Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live. He served as the music director on the show from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has scored 15 of the director's films, including the forthcoming Maps to the Stars, The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were each honoured with a Genie Award and Cosmopolis was awarded for score and song "Long to Live" with Canadian Screen Awards. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese's Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Shore's music has been performed in concerts throughout the world. In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington. Since then, the Symphony and The Lord of the Rings - Live to Projection concerts have had over 340 performances by the world's most prestigious orchestras.
In 2008, Howard Shore's opera The Fly premiered at the The?a?tre du Cha?telet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera and just completed a successful run at Theatre Trier in Germany. Other recent works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang which premiered in Beijing with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010, the cello concerto Mythic Gardens for Sophie Shao which premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia. He is currently working on the score for the third film of The Hobbit trilogy.