My wife got us tickets to The Lord of the Rings Symphony for my birthday:
The two-hour program is drawn from Howard Shore’s film scores for director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of Academy Award-winning movies, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King.”
[Richard] Krueger, music director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Plainfield Township, traveled to Chicago last year to see a performance of “The Lord of the Rings Symphony.”
“There was part of me saying, ‘Wouldn’t that be cool, to do it here?'” said Krueger, who sings tenor in the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.
Friday’s event will be one of the biggest in Grand Rapids Symphony’s history, with some 300 musicians in DeVos Performance Hall.
“The Lord of the Rings Symphony” is a tone poem Shore composed from his 12-hours’ worth of film music.
Accompanied by projections of original concept and storyboard artwork by film designers Alan Lee and John Howe, the program unfolds chronologically, from the peaceful Shire of the hobbits to the dreaded, dark land of Mordor.
I’m not sure what the dress code for this sort of thing is. Do I wear a tie? Elf ears and chainmail? Elf ears and a tie? And where are my fake Hobbit feet when I need them?
UPDATE: It was simply glorious. Probably the most enjoyable evening of live music I’ve ever experienced.