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Erik Eino Ochsner to Conduct Lord of the Rings Symphony

NEW YORK, February 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- Iceland Symphony Orchestra Performances February 16-17 in Reykjavik, Iceland

New York-based Erik Eino Ochsner will conduct the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in two nights of performances of The Lord of the Rings Symphony at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Lord of the Rings Symphony is a six-movement piece spanning the film scores written by Howard Shore for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

In 2011, Erik led successful performances of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection (FOTR) with the St. Louis Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic (Finland).  In March 2012, Erik will make his debut in Taiwan conducting FOTR and will also debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with live-to-projection performances of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Future 2013 engagements include Adelaide, Athens, Berlin, Indianapolis, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Nurnberg, Ottawa, Stuttgart and Sydney.

Erik has worked closely with the composer Tan Dun for worldwide productions and workshops, including Tea: A Mirror of Soul and as assistant conductor and chorus master for the Shanghai workshop of Tan Dun's The First Emperor, a Metropolitan Opera commission.  He assisted the Boston Symphony Orchestra's world premiere performances of The Map with Yo-Yo Ma in Boston, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall.

Erik is music director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra.  They have performed six U.S. premieres, and two world premieres.  This season Erik will conduct SONOS in the U.S. premiere of Fredrik Sixten's Requiem, plus works by Jon Leifs, and Johann Christian Bach.

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 February 16-17, 8PM

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