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The Lord of the Rings in Concert

The Lord of the Rings is the latest pop culture icon to come to the Valley in symphonic form.

Howard Shore’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning music from the film trilogy’s first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, will be performed live on stage by more than 200 musicians on Oct. 12 at Arena in the West Valley. Tickets range from $29 to $89.

While Enya herself won’t be there, celebrated Maestro Ludwig Wicki, the preeminent conductor of Shore’s Rings scores, will conduct all performances. Joining him will be soprano Kaitlyn Lusk, who has toured the world as a soloist in The Lord of the Rings Symphony.

Visuals from Peter Jackson’s epic will be projected digitally on an immense 60-foot screen using an uncompressed high definition source with two 20k lumen projectors while the combined forces of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and Phoenix Boys Choir bring the music of Middle-earth to life.

The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring kicks off a three-year celebration during which each of the three Academy Award®-winning films will be performed In Concert upon the tenth anniversary of its release: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) will tour in 2011, The Two Towers (2002) in 2012 and The Return of the King (2003) in 2013.

The performance in Glendale is part of a nine-city West Coast tour that includes San Diego, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Portland, Seattle, Fresno, Oakland and Sacramento.

In 2009, more than 10,000 people filled New York’s Radio City Music Hall for the American premiere of The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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