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Nashville Symphony scores with Lord of the Rings performance--a look back

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More than 200 members of the Nashville Symphony and Chorus led by guest conductor Markus Huber performed in the Lord of the Rings Symphony at Belmont University's Curb Event Center on Sat., Nov. 5, 2005.

Lord of the Rings Symphony Tour

Part of the Past Watchful Dragons Conference, the multi-media event was also part of the international Lord of the Rings Symphony Tour. It showcased a boys chorus, vocal and instrumental soloists, and the outstanding talents of 16-year-old vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk. The conceptual art work of Alan Lee and John Howe was also featured.

Lord of the Rings Symphony: Howard Shore

Inspired by the legendary books written by J.R.R. Tolkien, the symphony was adapted from the award-winning Lord of the Rings movie scores composed by Shore Howard. The Lord of the Rings Symphony wove original whimsical Celtic folk melodies with classical motifs to create a rich, exotic musical tapestry.

It might appear a daunting task to take the lighthearted Hobbit theme, blend it with the dark music of the Nazgul while mixing in the martial vocals of the Orcs to create something almost mesmerizingly beautiful, but Shore succeeded and the Nashville Symphony delivered. In addition, the evocative, ethereal vocals of Kaitlyn Lusk were absolutely beautiful throughout, especially during "Into the West." the performance was moving beyond words.

Nashville Symphony Etiquette

Unfortunately, what was almost a perfect event was marred by the lack of manners displayed by some of the concert goers. The Nashville audience seemed determined to live up to the hillbilly stereotype Nashville sometimes struggles with. In an excruciatingly embarrassing exhibition of gaucheness, the audience kept arriving in loud droves after the concert started. Conductor Markus Huber had to halt the entire performance while the orchestra, vocalists and the rest of the audience--who had arrived on time--waited for the tardy, talkative throng to come in and be seated. Finally, the symphony resumed... as more late-comers continued to arrive.

Twenty minutes after the performance began, four girls arrived to take the seats next to me and asked my group to get up and move down so they could squeeze in.

To those people I would say, "One does no simply walk into the symphony like one is storming the gates of Mordor."

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