Lord of the Rings Symphony in Concert


Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

The Ithaca College Symphonic Band will perform Johan de Meij's symphony based on J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books on Thursday, March 31, at 8:15 pm in Ford Hall. Henry Neubert will conduct.

De Meij's work pre-dates the recent film version directed by Peter Jackson, with music by Howard Shore. The 40-minute work is in five sections, depicting the characters Gandalf, Gollum, and hobbits, and the locations Lothlorien and the "Journey in the Dark."

Neubert will retire from a long and distinguished career as conductor of the Symphonic Band at the end of this year. His final concert with the band will be Saturday, April 23, at 8:15 in Ford Hall.