Plainville Wind Ensemble will perform a free concert of 'The Lord of the Rings Symphony'

Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:00


PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Wind Ensemble have announced that they will perform a free concert of “The Lord of the Rings Symphony” with famed composer Johan de Meij at Plainville High School.

“The Lord of the Rings Symphony” was first performed by Johan de Meij in 1988. It received the Sudler Composition Award the following year in 1989.

“It is based on the books; it’s not the soundtrack from the Peter Jackson movies,” said Ken Bagley, music director with The Plainville Wind Ensemble. “It was composed independently years before the movies were made.”

The symphony, Bagley said, is very famous in music circles. It has been recorded by ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The North Netherlands Orchestra, The Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Amsterdam Wind Orchestra.

The symphony consists of five movements based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels, with titles including Gandalf (The Wizard), Lothlorien (The Elvenwood), Gollum (Smeagol), Journey in the Dark and Hobbits.

Bagley said that he met the Dutch composer in Buffalo, NY. Bagley then contacted him and, after exchanging emails, he agreed to perform May 22 at Plainville High School.

“He is extremely well-known in the band world,” said Bagley. “He has performed all over the world and he recently recorded his fifth symphony. It is fantastic to be able to work with such a renowned composer.”

Bagley said that he originally intended to perform with Bagley at Central Connecticut State University. However, he said, the college was not allowing outside groups to perform on the campus at the time.

Additional details will be announced closer to the day of the concert.

“The show will be open to the public and there is open seating at this time,” said Bagley. “Currently, there will be no need to register in advance. Everything depends on what covid-19 restrictions are in place, but we’re hoping that with the pandemic waning there won’t be any by the time of the show.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:00. Updated: Wednesday, 23 February 2022 10:02.