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Fri, 19 July 2013

Qld Symphony Orchestra presents The Lord of The Rings

Filed under: classical music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 5:59 pm

Come my precious Lord of The Rings fans, don’t be “shire”
Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers
Complete Score Performed Live with Film
6.30pm, Saturday 5 October
Tickets - Ticketmaster 136 100 or visit qso.com.au/thetwotowers
Calling all closet hobbits, elves and wizards…
Join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on a quest through Middle Earth as they search for Queensland’s biggest Lord of The Rings fans

Do you find yourself practicing wizardry like Gandalf, speaking elfish like Legolas, wearing a cloak and pretending you’re part of a Fellowship or have you gone the whole nine yards, moved to the country, bought a house under the ground and adopted the life of a hobbit? If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you may well be Queensland’s biggest Lord of the Rings fan; the Sunshine State’s very own Frodo. If so, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra wants YOU!

On Saturday October 5, Brisbane’s Riverstage will transform into Middle Earth as it hosts a truly magnificent orchestral film event, The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers in concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), and to pay proper homage to the great epic, QSO is searching for the story’s biggest fans; whose physical presence resides in Queensland, but whose soul longs for Middle Earth. Signs you may be the person they’re looking for:

• You regularly engage in Lord of The Rings movie marathons;
• You pull the novels out for a bit of light reading on a rainy day;
• You hear the words “costume party” and there’s no doubt you’ll go as a member of the Fellowship of the Ring, the only question is, which one?
• You love to reenact scenes from the films for all of your friends, often much to their dismay;
• Elfish is spoken at home, English is your second language,
• You occasionally grab people’s belongings from them and growl “my precious” (don’t worry we’ve all been there)…..

If one or more of these sentiments rang true to you, you’ve more than likely fallen under Saruman’s spell and are already feeling the pull of the Riverstage for the October 5 event.

Imagine Peter Jackson’s epic film on the big screen with Academy Award winner Howard Shore’s score performed live by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Justin Freer, with incredible soloist Kaitlyn Lusk (who has been the featured vocal soloist in this role with over 25 orchestras around the world) and the Brisbane Birralee Voices directed by Julie Christiansen, and Resonance of Birralee directed by Paul Holley in the natural open amphitheatre under the stars on an October evening…. Following sold-out performances for the first instalment of this incredible orchestral-film experience, The Fellowship of the Ring in 2012, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, like Peter Jackson, was compelled to continue the journey – with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

According to Doug Adams, the Chicago-based musician and writer, and author of the book The Music of the Lord of the Rings, Shore’s work is extraordinary. “The music of The Lord of the Rings is counted among film music’s most complex and comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a wholly new and dramatic live concert experience,” he said.

So dust off that traveller’s cloak and ready your horse… If Middle earth is your preferred address (or you know someone who resides there), then let QSO know by emailing a photo and comment to fan@qso.com.au or post it directly on our Facebook page at qso.com.au/facebook. Join the fellowship on October 5 and come dressed in costume or your “precious” memorabilia to help the QSO on its quest to find the biggest Lord of the Rings fan.

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