The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring In Concert

July 5 - 7, 2012

NAC Southam Hall

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  • NACO LOTR Promo

  • Radio City Music Hall The Fellowship of the Ring, October 9, 2009

  • NAC Prop Master Mike Caluori gives an early peek into the lobby set up for The Lord of the Rings in Concert

  • Erik Ochsner conductor
  • Nancy Allen Lundy soprano
  • Combined Ottawa Choruses
  • National Arts Centre Orchestra
  • Matthew Kronberg soprano
  • Howard Shore Amon Hen
  • Howard Shore The Ring Goes South
  • Howard Shore Concerning Hobbits

Full length film with the music performed live by the NAC Orchestra

Composed by Howard Shore

Please note early curtain time 7 p.m.

Journey into the breathtaking and imaginative world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as never before! Experience the first installment of Peter Jackson’s 2001 cinematic tour de force, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring projected on a 60-foot screen while over 200 musicians, including the NAC Orchestra, perform the blockbuster’s Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning score. The fate of Middle-earth hangs in the balance as the hobbit Frodo and his eight companions embark on a quest to Mordor to destroy the One Ring.

The majestic vistas of the Misty Mountains, the dark mines of Moria and Gandalf’s thrilling battle against Saruman will unfold before your eyes while the film’s thrilling score will be performed live by a host of performers and musicians. Howard Shore’s vivid and complex orchestration is an immense symphonic work. This unforgettable multi-media event brings Tolkien’s world to dramatic musical life: musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashing…and always bending to the will of the One Ring.

We are pleased to announce that Howard Shore, composer of the Lord of the Rings, will participate in a FREE pre-concert talk on Thursday, July 5 at 17:30 in the Fourth Stage. Paul Wells will host the live chat with Howard Shore, via video conference, and conductor Erik Ochsner. Capacity is limited to 160 so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. This talk will take place in English only.

We encourage you to attend the performance IN COSTUME. Photographer Trevor Lush will be on hand to snap photos for our Facebook page, and we invite you to bring your smartphones and snap your own. Visit the NAC Orchestra’s Facebook ( page next week to see your photo, tag it and share it with your friends! Share your photos and experience with us on Twitter (@NACOrchCNA) at #NACOLotR

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Full length film with the music performed live by the NAC Orchestra

Composed by Howard Shore

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