The music from the motion picture trilogy, composed and conducted by Howard Shore, will be staged in concert at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. In the months that follow, Shore will be conducting the Symphony in the United States, Europe and Australia. "It is very gratifying to see the music from 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy find a new life on the concert stage. It is only fitting that the symphony have its premiere in Wellington, New Zealand, which is the home of Middle-earth."
This inaugural performance will feature movements from the music of all three films in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. After four years of writing, "The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra and Chorus" was realized - one movement corresponding to each book within Tolkien's tome. The score calls for 200 performers, including a full symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, boys chorus and numerous instrumental and vocal soloists.
Howard Shore has composed the scores to more than 60 films and received the Oscar and Grammy Awards for Best Original Score for "The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," for which he was also honored with awards from Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The Broadcast Film Critics.
The soundtracks for "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" have sold over 3 million albums worldwide and both albums have remained on the Billboard Top 100 Soundtracks chart since their original release in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The U.K.'s Classic FM voted "The Lord of the Rings" soundtracks "Best Film Score of All Time" for two consecutive years.
On December 17, 2003 New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" opens, concluding the compelling journeys at the heart of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered trilogy. Produced, co-written and directed by Peter Jackson, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson. The screenplay is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Jackson based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Cast members include (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, and Elijah Wood.