|Title: The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
|Composer: Howard Shore|
|Musicians: Metropolitan Festival Orchestra,
the International Festival Chorus and
The Young Voices of Vocal Associates
|Conductor: Justin Freer|
|Soloists: Kaitlyn Lusk, Samuel Yuen|
|Location: The Star Theatre|
Don’t miss this chance to experience the highly-acclaimed and unique concert presentation of The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, which sees Howard Shore’s iconic Academy and Grammy Award-winning soundtrack score performed live on-stage by 250 musicians comprising the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, the International Festival Chorus and The Young Voices of Vocal Associates, while the groundbreaking first installment of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels, is projected in its entirety on a giant cinematic screen above the performers.
The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring movie concert is finally on Singaporean shores! I’ve been a fan of the LoTR movies since it first showed in theatres here, and when the announcement of this event came, I grabbed the chance to experience it. Forget about 3D, this here is a whole new way to enjoy the movie. It’s been touted as ‘bringing the highbrow events to the mainstream,’ and I sort of agree with this since it’s not always the general public gets to enjoy a live orchestra. On the other hand, it’s the LoTR movies, which is accessible to everyone.
Anyway, it’s not all movies that get such a treatment. During the press conference, the panel members went into detail about why the LoTR movies were chosen for the live concert treatment, the main reason being the phenomenal OST, which stands on its own even without the movie and dialogue thrown in.
There was a great balance between the live orchestra and the movie shown on the screen. The strains of the music veered at times from the noteworthy LoTR OST, and it only added to the experience of actually knowing that the music we were hearing came from the people and instruments right in front of us.
The FoTR movie is a very all encompassing movie, and it’s all due to the skillful orchestra that I could forget all about the construction of the music and fall into the breathtaking cinematography, scenic locations (New Zealand, ey?) and gorgeous costumes. The choir and soloists shone in the Rivendell scenes. The choir’s voices blended beautifully in harmony, while Samuel Yuen’s and Kaitlyn Lusk’s sharp sopranos pierced through the theatre and made the Rivendell scenes even more ethereal. Their voices were hauntingly beautiful. Backs strained against their seats as everyone tried to get a clear view of their performances.
The music is an integral part of the movie, and seeing the orchestra perform Howard Shore’s notable soundtrack was a fantastic new way to enjoy the movie, especially in the huge 5000-seater Star Theatre. I’m not sure if the screen was big enough such that those way at the back could full enjoy the experience, though I’m sure the acoustics of the theatre more than made up for it, as it was specially chosen by the technical director. The stage itself is a work of art, with 250 musicians on the stage throughout the three-hour epic.
The Lord of the Rings movies fall into a class all of its own. And when the movie experience is coupled with a live orchestra and choir concert, it’s not hard to see why this is a once in a lifetime experience that one should have. There are plans to bring the other two movie concerts in the trilogy to Singaporean shores, though sadly for hardcore LoTR fans, I really doubt it’s possible to have a marathon of the three live concert orchestras in one day. Plus, with the release of the Hobbit movie trilogy comes a chance to develop that for the live movie concert experience.
Tickets are still available for tonight and tomorrow night’s events. (Grab ’em now!)