Lord of the Rings Symphony Gets First New York Performance

Classic Arts News   Lord of the Rings Symphony Gets First New York Performance
The Collegiate Chorale will give the first New York performance of Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony at its season-opening concert tomorrow afternoon at Carnegie Hall.

The popular work, based on Shore's scores for the three hit films, will not be heard in its entirety. The chorus will pair the first two movements of Lord of the Rings with excerpts from Wagner operas.

Music director Robert Bass conducts the Chorale and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

The Lord of the Rings Symphony has been performed by many regional orchestras—invariably to sold-out halls—since its premiere in 2003 but has been slow to make its way to major music centers.

The remainder of the season includes the New York premiere of Luciano Berio's completion of Act III of Turandot, performed with Le villi, Puccini's first opera; a pairing of Berlioz's Te Deum and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms; and a semi-staged performance of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha.

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