One show to rule them all

Photo By Jay Mather

In October 2009, thousands of Star Wars fans flocked to Arco Arena to see Star Wars: In Concert, a two-hour multimedia experience based on the cult science-fiction film. It featured a custom soundtrack by John Williams performed live by an 86-piece orchestra and 80-piece chorus, clips from the film, and narration by Anthony Daniels, who played the droid C-3PO. Apparently, some felt it was not nerdy enough.

So in a similar fashion, on Sunday, October 23, fantasy-film fans will get another chance to swarm to the venue formerly known as Arco Arena to see The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring. A combined 250 musicians from the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Phoenix Boys Choir will perform the soundtrack live—all while the entire film plays simultanously overhead on a 60-foot screen. This event celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the first Lord of the Rings film in the trilogy, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Plans are already underway to perform the other two films in concert in 2012 and 2013, marking their 10th anniversaries as well. The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Power Balance Pavilion. Tickets are $35 to $75. For more information, visit