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Lord of the Rings trilogy to be screened with live orchestra accompaniment

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Middle-earth is set to invade New York City in the most epic of fashions. The entirety of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-hoarding Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the beloved J.R.R.Tolkien novels, will be screened with live orchestral accompaniment at New York’s famed Lincoln Center in April 2015.

According to the New York Times, Howard Shore’s original score will be performed live by conductor Ludwig Wicki and the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as the films unfold behind them. Two full performances are scheduled to take place at the David H. Koch Theater between April 8th and 12th: One cycle will take place over three successive nights, while the other will occur amidst a weekend that will include afternoon and evening screenings.

This will mark the first time all three LOTR movies — 2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002’s The Two Towers, and 2003’s The Return of the King — will be presented in the live concert format on American soil. Fellowship and Towers were previously shown with orchestration in 2009 and 2010 at Radio City Music Hall.

Made up of 250 musicians and singers, the 21st Century players have made a career of live-scoring films; they’ve played along to West Side Story, some of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Fantasia, and even choice scenes from the James Bond and Star Trek series. They first performed the LOTR trilogy in their home town of Lucerne, Switzerland back in 2011.

Below, watch footage of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra playing along to The Return of the King at Lucerne’s Culture and Convention Center.

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