Howard Shore's Foreword
The concerts at Radio City Music Hall on October 8th and 9th will bring Maestro Ludwig Wicki and The 21st Century Orchestra together with the Dessoff Choir and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Ludwig and his orchestra are based in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland where we first performed the complete score to the theatrical version of the film. Ludwig is the foremost conductor of this score-to-film concert. His precision, detail and supreme musicianship will be on display at Radio City. He personally selected the musicians who comprise The 21st Century Orchestra and over the years he has worked with them in Lucerne perfecting these scores.
This year we welcome The Dessoff Symphonic Choir and music director Chris Shepard to the Radio City performance. We are very happy to be part of this internationally acclaimed choir's 86th season.
The Youth Chorus hails from Brooklyn, New York and is a new enormously talented choral group under the direction of Dianne Berkun.
Soloist Kaitlyn Lusk is currently the premiere interpreter of the vocal music and an incredible presence, having performed in The Lord of the Rings Symphony with orchestras around the world.
This new presentation of cinematic image and music came about as the process of releasing The Complete Recordings was coming to an end. After three years of working with the recordings from England, preparing for these releases, I had an overwhelming desire to hear the complete score performed live. From the very first time I sat in the audience watching and listening, I felt that I was seeing the music with more clarity and hearing the image in an entirely new way. It became a completely new experience.
Thank you for joining us at this concert in New York. I look forward to seeing you there.