“Until now, when someone mentioned going to see the ‘Ring’ cycle at Lincoln Center, you knew what that meant: four nights of Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera,” writes Allan Kozinn in Tuesday’s (9/2) New York Times. “In April 2015, the phrase will take on a new meaning. ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Peter Jackson’s film trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien books, will be screened at the David H. Koch Theater, with Howard Shore’s scores for the films performed live by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Lucerne, Switzerland, conducted by Ludwig Wicki. It will be the first time all three films—‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001), ‘The Two Towers’ (2002) and ‘The Return of the King’ (2003)—will be shown together with live orchestral accompaniments in the United States…. The full trilogy was first presented with orchestra in Lucerne in 2011…. The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is 250 players and singers strong and has made a specialty of performances with film. Besides the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, the orchestra’s repertory includes concert-with-film performances of several ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Fantasia,’ as well as selected scenes from James Bond and ‘Star Trek’ films.”

Posted September 2, 2014