Neither work will be heard in its entirety. The chorus will pair the first two movements of Lord of the Rings with excerpts from Wagner operas at its season-opening concert on November 13. On January 23, 2006, the group will perform Le Villi, Puccini's first opera, with Act III of Turandot.
The Orchestra of St. Luke's will accompany both concerts, which take place at Carnegie Hall. Music director Robert Bass conducts.
The Lord of the Rings Symphony, based on Shore's scores for the three hit films, has had a series of sold-out performances around the world since its premiere in 2003.
Berio's completion of Turandot, which was premiered in 2002 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, was written as an alternative to Franco Alfano's ending, which is seen by some as dramatically awkward.
The season also includes a pairing of Berlioz's Te Deum and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and a semi-staged performance of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.