THE LORD OF THE RINGS in Concert Set for Red Hat Amphitheater, 9/18-19

The highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring will make its way to Raleigh September 18 - 19 at Red Hat Amphitheater. Featuring Howard Shore's complete Academy Award and Grammy-winning score performed live on-stage by more than 250 musicians.

Peter Jackson's Award-Winning Epic will be projected on an immense high-definition screen while the combined forces of the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale, and The Raleigh Boychoir bring the music of Middle-earth to life.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $25.00 and can be purchased online at redhatamphitheater.com, Duke Energy Center Box Office or by calling (800)745-3000. For more information visit www.broadwayseriessouth.com or www.redhatamphitheater.com .

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 Rings is 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. The New 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." Released on December 18, 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy adventure film trilogy based on the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien. A long-lost Ring has been found and, through twists of fate, is in the possession of a small hobbit named Frodo Baggins.

When Gandalf the grey Wizard discovers this Ring is in fact the all-powerful One Ring, Frodo must lead an epic quest to Mount Doom in order to destroy it. However he does not go alone. Frodo is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise - the Fellowship of the Ring.

Considered one of the most ambitious projects in film history, it took eight years to bring The Lord of the Rings to the screen. The result was an artistic and popular success of the highest order. The films won a total of 17 Academy Awards, and are among the top-grossing films of all-time.



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