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Questions & Answers

Q: What is this event?

A: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Live to Film presents Peter Jackson’s award-winning motion picture on an enormous projection screen while, on stage, Howard Shore’s entire original score is performed live in careful synchronization with the picture.

Q: Who are the performers?

A: Maestro Ludwig Wicki will lead Switzerland’s 21st Century Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Q: Will the film play straight through, start to finish?

A: No, there is an intermission situated in the middle of the film.

Q: How is the sound balance between the film and the orchestra achieved?

A: The film is prepared with a special audio mix that includes dialogue and light sound effects. The live music, then, is allowed to play an especially prominent role in carrying the story’s drama and heart.

Q: How is the music synchronized?

A: Maestro Wicki will conduct with a laptop computer running Auricle, a color-coded system that indicates the music’s starting and stopping points, as well as tempo:

  • White Circle: Flashes on the downbeat of every bar. Numbers beneath the circle indicate measure numbers.
  • Green Stripe: Passes from left to right across the screen to prepare the conductor for the music’s starting point.
  • Purple Stripe: Alerts the conductor to an upcoming change.
  • Orange Stripe: Marks a pause in the music.
  • Red Stripe: Marks the end of a scene.

Q: What other events are scheduled for this weekend?

A: This weekend will be packed with events celebrating the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and the music of Howard Shore. Keep visiting the website for announcements!