Entries tagged with: Lord of the Rings

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Saruman

Saruman the White, I mean 90-year-old actor Christopher Lee, has released A Heavy Metal Christmas, a new single featuring metal covers of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night". Order your copy at iTunes and check out the teaser below. The single is the follow up to his two metal LPs Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross and Charlemagne: The Omens of Death. Stream the latter below.

Of course if you arent a power metal fan, you can catch Christopher Lee (who has appeared in nearly 200 films) at the cinema where he is currently starring in The Hobbit, in theaters now. Otherwise head below for some ripping Christmas tunes. Sort of.

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The Hobbit

Like all nerds and pretty much everyone, we're excited for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie doesn't hit theaters until December 13. but you can listen to the soundtrack to the film, which comes out on December 10, now. It's streaming in full below.

Like The Lord If The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit was scored by Howard Shore who is also working on the next two Hobbit films in this trilogy. It also features a track by Crowded House's Neil Finn with his sons Elroy and Liam, "Song of the Lonely Mountain," which you can listen to over at Rolling Stone, that will play in the end credits. The movies are filmed in New Zealand where the Finns are from, so that's a nice touch.

Meanwhile, speaking of Liam Finn, you can catch him in NYC this week at the previously discussed Glasslands show on Friday (11/16) with Reuben and the Dark. Tickets for that show are still available.

Soundtrack stream and tracklist below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

King Hippo come to life - Saturday @ NY Comic Con
NY Comic Con 2012 in pictures

and just in time for tonight's Walking Dead premiere...

NY Comic Con 2012 in pictures

More pictures from this weekend's New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, below...

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Fellowship of the Ring live @ Royal Albert Hall April 14th & 15th, 2009
Fellowship of the Ring at Royal Albert Hall

The music of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is being performed in full with the film at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on October 9th and 10th.

Beneath an immense projection of Peter Jackson's film, the 21st Century Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Ludwig Wicki, will perform Howard Shore's entire Academy Award-winning score. Joining them will be the acclaimed voices of The Collegiate Chorale, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and soprano Kaitlyn Lusk.
Tickets for the October 9th and October 10th shows are on sale, and nerds fans coming in from out of town for the shows, and even those who are local, will have plenty of other Tolkien activities to keep them busy while they are here. "FOTR Weekend in New York City" will include the official release of Doug Adams' new book The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, discussion with Tolkien linguist David Salo, who translated all choral lyrics for The Lord of the Rings scores, and more! Details at TheRadioCityLOTRconcert.com.

The NYC performance is one of several Lord of the Rings - Live to Projection concerts happening around the world. The score's composer, Howard Shore, has conducted some himself, including a performance in April by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, who played on the film's soundtrack. The orchestra is planning an April 2010 performance of The Two Towers in the same space.

Ludwig Wicki, who will be leading the orchestra at Radio City, recently conducted The Two Towers in Germany. The conductor was profiled by a German newspaper, where he described the rigors of conducting music synchronized with a nearly three hour movie...

The trick: Wicki has not just the score in front of him but a laptop as well. There he sees the movie - and more: This is everything he needs and what's confusing the rest of us: colored stripes that move from the left side of the screen to the right, white flashing punches and figures. To quote the movie: One screen to rule them all.

There are almost no breathing pauses for the orchestra and the conductor (the choir has a bit less to do): the movie runs for about three hours, the music for about 2 hours and 40 minutes. "That means, you can barely relax. You're permanently under high tension." conductor Wicki illustrates. Of course, even if there's no music you have to pay attention, otherwise you'd miss your cue. [translated at themusicoflordoftherings.blogspot.com]

More from that article, with live clips of the Lord of the Rings Symphony, which is a reworked version of the music from all three films, below...

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus

"With a vital role on band sensation Grizzly Bear's new CD Veckatimest and an appearance this Thursday, May 28th, backing up the band at Town Hall, the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus embarks on a six-week run of performances spanning music as diverse as indie rock and Mahler's 8th. That's business as usual for the BYC, which has sung with Alicia Keys for a Sesame Street special, backed Elton John at his birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, premiered Philip Glass's Symphony No. 5 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and commissioned a body of work by musicians including Nico Muhly and Fred Hersch. The BYC is an astonishingly active group of kids that performs on the highest levels of the New York music scene, whether it be symphonic, rock, hip-hop, gospel, avant-garde classical, jazz..." [press release]
Unfortunately it looks like the Chorus will only be at one of Grizzly Bear's three NYC shows. All BYC dates below...

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