Where to Go: Lord of the Rings at Radio City Music Hall

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LOTR at Radio City

Guest blogger Kate Marshall of K’s Notebook is back this morning with a great idea about “Where to Go” — New York City! (Of course, we think it’s great.) Read on to learn more about her recent trip to Radio City Music Hall.

Where to go?

New York City! Recently, I spent a weekend in the Big Apple, my first trip there since 2006. The soundtrack to Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was being performed at Radio City Music Hall by the 21st Century Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

The kicker? While the soundtrack was performed live, the movie was shown on a large screen over the famous Radio City stage! It was pretty awesome. I’ve seen Fellowship several times over the past few years but seeing it like this made me appreciate it in a whole new way (it was the shorter theatrical cut which is still about three hours long). Live music is such a wonderful experience, but to hear this beautiful soundtrack performed live made it even better. I heard nuances in the music that I’ve never noticed before and it made me appreciate the film itself even more. This same type of show is expected to take place again in October 2010 at Radio City, with Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. I’m already looking into hotels in the area for that weekend.

In the meantime, you can buy tickets to Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes. The show runs November 13 to December 30, 2009 with tickets starting at $45.00 USD. An added bonus is seeing New York during the holiday season (yes, it’s a bonus. You’re welcome).

The other best thing about catching a Lord of the Rings performance at Radio City Music Hall? You may just see Gandalf, or a very convincing doppleganger in the audience. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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