On December 2, Prague’s O2 Arena will turn into a battlefield. The live orchestra performance from “The Return of The King” will end the Lord Of The Rings live soundtrack experience, which started at the O2 arena in June 2016.
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1954, the Lord Of The Rings books defined and continue to define the fantasy genre in literature, movies and videogames. Tolkien’s three-part book series about a world of elven forests, human empires and dwarven kingdoms are today considered modern classics. The same could be said about The Lord Of The Rings movies directed by Peter Jackson. Jackson also directed the 2005 remake of King Kong, alien thriller District 9 or Crime Documentary West of Memphis. In addition actors Ian Mcallen, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Hugo Weaving, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortense lent their faces to the characters of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.
The final film in the trilogy, “The Return of the King”
When the last “The Lord Of The Rings” film “The Return Of The King” ended the trilogy 14 years ago, the scope, the craft and magic behind it remains unchallenged. Winning 11 Oscars, the final instalment of LOTR trilogy became the third most awarded film in Oscar history. In addition to ground-breaking visual effects,, the films’ soundtracks are ingenious. Sung in elvish and other languages created by Tolkien, LOTR’s music is as diverse as the world it represents. The orchestra in Prague will consist of 250 musicians. “The spectrum of whole piece is huge and requires symphonic orchestra, choirs, instrumental and vocal soloists alike,” explains LOTR’s soundtrack creator Howard Shore, who will attend “The Return Of The King” performance in Prague.
Before The Lord Of The Rings, the Canadian composer wrote music for classical thrillers like The Silence of The Lambs, Seven, The Cell and CRASH. On many occasions, he worked with ‘80s horror director David Cronenberg, who directed films such as The Fly, Dead Ringers and A History of Violence. The four-year work on Lord Of The Rings marks top of Shore’s career. “My first fantasy score was for the Fellowship of The Ring movie. It was my gate into the world of Tolkien and I will always have a special bond to it,” he said.
“The Return of The King” won Academy Awards for best original score, best original song, best sound editing and best sound mixing.
Swiss Maestro, Ludwig Wicki, will be conducting the Orchestra.
He is also the author of the 2011 album “The Lord of The Rings Symphony.”
Come experience the fight between good and evil in the climax of a timeless fantasy.
The final battle for Middle-Earth begins on December 2.
For tickets visit: https://www.ticketportal.cz/Performance/-2147482187?