|yep, we had pretty good seats|
you’ve read about the old pipe organs used in movie theaters back in the day to provide accompaniment to films. well, the folks who own the rights to “lord of the rings” did the old piano player one better — a 300-member live orchestra performing howard shore’s majestic music at radio city music hall.
i took a rare friday night off to see the performance with a very good friend and fellow LOTR fan. we’d seen last year’s performance of the score for “fellowship of the ring” and were blown away. there was no way we were going to miss the second and third film after that. in fact, i don’t think i can watch another “epic” film without a live orchestra 😛
and it wasn’t just the music (the musicians, choral groups and soloists were all brilliant), the crowd, too, that made watching the film again very enjoyable (the movies have held up quite well). i don’t think anybody in the audience was seeing the film for the first time; everybody knew when to clap, laugh, snicker, cry — every major character getting an applause the first time they come on screen (viggo mortensen, who plays aragorn, got quite a reception, of course). there were even some in the audience who came dressed as their favorite character (last year we saw a guy in full hobbit regalia, complete with hairy feet!); not k and i, we both wore regular clothes.
even three days later, i find myself humming the different pieces from the score and being transported back to middle earth 🙂