“The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will be screened in its entirety in San Jose next April, with the original score performed live by Symphony Silicon Valley,” writes Richard Scheinin in Tuesday’s (11/11) San Jose Mercury News (California). The film screenings—three over a four-day period—will be “in HD on a giant screen, while the orchestra’s 90 musicians and 160 choristers perform the music from the soundtrack in sync with the films. ‘The logistics are huge. It’s the biggest project we’ve ever done,’ said Andrew Bales, president of Symphony Silicon Valley…. Composer Howard Shore’s score runs to more than 10 hours in total…. ‘Our musicians will be right there on stage, illuminated,’ Bales added…. The San Jose presentation of the trilogy will follow similar screenings with live music April 8-12 in New York, where Switzerland’s 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will accompany the films at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center…. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented and accompanied the entire trilogy at the outdoor Ravinia Festival near Chicago—but it took four years to get around to all three films.” Click here to read “In Wide Release” in Symphony magazine, about the booming orchestra-concerts-with-film trend.

Posted November 13, 2014