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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10:45 am

Movie buffs and fans of “The Lord of the Rings” films will have an opportunity to watch the first movie like never before.

The Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and the Phoenix Boys Choir are bringing to life the music from the film, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” in concert live Oct. 12 at Arena.

Georg Stangelberger, director of the Phoenix Boys Choir, said he’s excited the choir, with singers ages 10 to 14, is receiving this exposure.

“This is a very big honor and I’m sure any boys choir in the nation would jump at the chance to be a part of this,” Stangelberger said.

The Phoenix Boys Choir is performing with the national tour in cities including Glendale, Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle.

Stangelberger said the boys choir has been preparing since August for the tour, which kicks off at Arena.

“We watched the film together, even though many have seen it already, and tried to have a good understanding of what happens in every part of the movie,” he said. “It’s beautiful music and a great composition with an emotional fabric.”

Doug Adams, a musicologist and adviser for the concert, said the energy of a live orchestra and singers elevates the first “Lord of the Rings” film to much higher level.

Adams spent nine years doing research on the music and watched as the orchestrations were composed for all three “Lord of the Rings” movies.

“I’ve watched the creation of this music from the very beginning,” he said. “The musical score is the heart to the film.”

The “Lord of the Rings” is a film trilogy based on the three-volume book of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the stories follow hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship set out on an adventure to destroy the One Ring.

“The music for the films really gives it life and to hear the music live with an orchestra makes it have that much more of an impact,” Adams said.

For the Phoenix Boys, Stangelberger said the national tour and concert experience will give them a sneak peek into a professional artist’s life.

“Not only do they get to perform this sweeping music, but they get a chance to see what it’s like on the road for a brief period of time,” he said. “In a way, they’re like the hobbits and will have their own adventure.”

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