[Media Invite] The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers Movie Concert

Title: The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers Movie Concert
Loved it
Graded
Composer: Howard Shore
Musicians: Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, the Vocal Associates Festival Chorus and Children’s Choir
Conductor: Justin Freer
Soloists: Rosalind Waters, Samuel Yuen
Location: The Star Theatre

twotowersThis highly-anticipated production allows audiences to relive the awesome experience of the full-length Academy Award-winning motion picture projected on a giant screen and complete with Howard Shore’s iconic soundtrack performed live by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Vocal Associates Festival Chorus and Children’s Choir.

Has it been a year since the last movie concert? (Yes, it has.)

There’s something timeless and classic about a piece like the Lord of the Rings movie, that the experience of watching it is cemented in one’s mind as an enjoyable affair, and details like time simply flit away.

It’s a revelation; watching this movie at a much more advanced age really highlighted the importance of some characters, and diminished others. Perhaps in another decade, I will watch the movies and have another opinion. I used to loath Aragorn and thought he was stepping out of bounds every single time–an overrated, overlauded hero one could say. However, he is crucial to the developments in the story, as leader of the Fellowship, and as a soldier that would not give up and surrender to the enemy. Arwen on the other hand was a sore disappointment–her short scenes emphasized how little her character had to do with anything that did not concern Aragorn.

Sam? Your loyalty knows no bounds. It transcends time, age and the boundaries of the movie you are in.

Plus after the decades of honing my television watching skillz, my inner fangirl had a fun time squealing at the numerous, notable actors on screen.

A fantastic experience thus far, but one which dropped a notch due to a variety of factors that my untrained ears can only guess at. The sound mix was more equalised between the movie and the orchestra. This meant we were more immersed in the movie–on the other hand, it detracted from the amazement and the fact that the music was live. The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra was perfect in their accompaniment of the movie–I’ll have to check out their other performances outside the LoTR series.

 

Photo credits: Chrisppics+

Photo credits: Chrisppics+

 

While still an impressive feat–imagine performing for more than three hours–the change in female soloists and chorus was apparent. The chorus was not as robust as the previous concert, and the solo didn’t have the magical, ethereal quality that the LoTR series soundtrack was noted for.

Otherwise, another fantastic edition of the LoTR movies in concerts series. The audience simply loved it, judging by the much-deserved standing ovation and wolf whistles.

I hope they will bring the third movie into Singapore next year. It has the best soundtrack and music, and the emotional moments will be made all the more heartwrenching with the live music. Good music and good times. Look at it this way: it’s really quite an accessible, classy event for those looking to branch into classical music and concerts.

Plus it’s Lord of The Rings. Enough said.

On a purely selfish note, I want the chance to see John Noble lending his extra brand of gravitas on the big screen accompanied by the lovely, lovely choir and orchestra. Now that I’ve learnt to appreciate the finer things in life. :’)

And it’s likely to be the last of such a one-of-a-kind event thus far. So you know what to do: get those tickets when they’re on sale!

Photo credits: Rachel Lee S. H.

Photo credits: Rachel Lee S. H.

 

Plus you get these complimentary booklets. Imagine if they were signed.

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