my nights with aragorn

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 🙂

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    wow. that is so cool! but doesn't it take away your attention from the movie? are they following exactly the same score as that of the original movies? when the singers sing, is the spotlight put on them?

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  2. Guagua Girl says:

    i've seen the films so many times (i own dvds of the extended versions and they show them on cable almost every weekend) that i can close my eyes just enjoy the music but still know what's going on 😛

    and yeah, as far as i know, they follow the original score. soloists don't get the spotlight because that would detract from the film, which is projected high above the stage. you can definitely pick them out though because the stage is lit and there's a special spot for them. there was one woman and a little boy. then there were two choirs. one was a regular adult choir, the other was a children's choir.

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  3. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. wish there was a dvd of the live orchestra playing the score for the film 😛 that should be better than a regular soundtrack cd right? 😀

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  4. Betis Boy says:

    have i told you i've never read the books? i think i attempted to, but got lazy with the prose.

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  5. Guagua Girl says:

    LOL, same here the first time i tried to read “the hobbit.” tolkien's prose definitely takes getting used to.

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