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- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended Edition) 
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The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia is starting off its 2008 season with the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore's Academy and Grammy award winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on May 21st and 22nd.
Howard Shore's Score Performed Live to Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. (PRNewsFoto/Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts)
Conductor Ludwig Wicki will lead a live symphony orchestra, the City Choir of Washington, and the World Children's Choir in a three-hour presentation of the movie score beneath high definition projection of the movie. While the press release doesn't come out and say it, it would appear that the entire movie is played on the screen above the orchestra; the running time of the performance matches the 2:58 running time we have for the movie.
Musical scores for movies are one of the most underappreciated art forms, in my opinion. This is unfortunate, given the impact they have on the movie experience. This performance will allow those in attendance to experience first-hand how the score supports the images of the movie. This should be a truly unique experience and anyone fortunate enough to be able to attend should do so! Currently, these two performances are the only two scheduled for the United States.
The performances are scheduled for Wednesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 22nd at 8:30pm. Tickets are priced at $25 to $55, which seems quite reasonable for three hours worth of live entertainment.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1 (877) WOLFTRAP; or online at http://www.wolftrap.org. For more information, call Wolf Trap at (703) 255-1868.
Source: Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Press Release
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