UW-Platteville orchestra to perform music from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’

October 22, 2013

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UW-Platteville Orchestra

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville orchestra will perform music from the movies “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5.

Dr. Thomas Dickey, director of the UW-Platteville orchestra, aims to make the orchestra and its music more accessible to students, faculty, staff and community members by performing the music of these well-known films. “I chose these pieces because I want students to feel excited to be in the orchestra and I want the Platteville community to be excited to hear this extraordinary music,” he said.

“Some people may have the impression that orchestral music is stuffy or highbrow,” said Dickey. “To change this perception, I believe it is important to take time to play pieces that are purely fun. This concert will be more in the lines of a pops concert.”

The “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy was adapted from English author J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel. The three films debuted between 2001 and 2003 and were very successful. “The Hobbit,” also written by Tolkien, was first seen by fans in 2012. The “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack, written by Howard Shore, has won several awards, including Grammys and Academy Awards.

The UW-Platteville Symphony Orchestra is open to students, faculty, staff and community members, ranging from advanced beginners to skilled amateurs, ages 12 and older. It is open to anyone who can read music and enjoys playing classical symphonic repertoire.

Contact: Thomas Dickey, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1143, dickeyth@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Joe Kluever, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, kluever@uwplatt.edu

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