Erik Eino Ochsner to Conduct Lord of the Rings Performance

By Erik Eino Ochsner, PRNE
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fellowship of the Ring Performances April 28-May 1 in Tampere

NEW YORK, March 11, 2011 - New York-based Erik Eino Ochsner will conduct performances of the Lord of
the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection at Tampere Hall in
Finland. The performances feature Howard Shore's Academy Award(R)-winning
score performed live, synchronized to film.

Conductor Erik E. Ochsner, known for his clear, powerful conducting
presence and attention to detail, is one of today's promising and gifted
conductors. He is the music director/founder of SONOS Chamber Orchestra,
winner of the 2003 American Scandinavian Society's Cultural Advocacy Award.
Ochsner led the ensemble in six U.S. premieres, including Karl Jenkins'
Requiem, and two world premieres. This season, Ochsner will conduct SONOS in
the U.S. premiere of Fredrik Sixten's Requiem.

Ochsner has been involved with the worldwide tour of the Lord of the
Rings film projects since 2004. He was assistant conductor/chorus master for
the Shanghai workshop of Tan Dun's The First Emperor (Metropolitan Opera
World Premiere Commission), and the World premiere of Dun's The Map with
Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Dartmouth College,
Ochsner studied with Marin Alsop, Charles Bruck, Erich Kunzel, Helmut
, and Robert Spano.

"Since I grew up in a half-Finnish house, to be invited to conduct in
Finland will be an honor and a personal and emotional experience for me and
my family," said Ochsner.

The music of The Lord of the Rings is among film music's most complex and
comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but
allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a dramatic live
concert experience.

Howard Shore's score captures the sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and
grand journeys, and echoes the construction of Tolkien's Middle-earth.
Styles, instruments and performers collected from around the world provide
Tolkien's cultures with a unique musical imprint. In operatic fashion, these
musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power,
other times violently clashing… and always bending to the will of the One
Ring and its own ominous family of themes.

"This amazing music and fantastic drama have moved me since day one: it
is always thrilling and moving," Ochsner described. "What an amazing
satisfaction at the end of each and every performance!"

    Thursday/Friday April 28-29, 7PM
    Saturday/Sunday April 30-May 1, 3PM

Beth Krakower, CineMedia Promotions, +1-212-533-6864, beth at

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