From Italian Latin to High Elvish (and Orcish, and...)

Not only do we sing in a lot of languages in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, but also in various language dialects (this year alone we had German-Latin [Carmina burana, Mahler 8, Oedipus Rex] and Italian-Latin [Verdi Requiem], Old-Middle-German [Carmina burana], plain-old-normal German [Mahler 8, Haydn The Storm, Mozart Coronation Mass], Russian [Babi Yar], French [The Nightingale], and of course English [Handel Messiah] - not to mention the smattering of languages in the Chorus Concert).

But with our upcoming performance of The Lord of the Rings Symphony we add a few new languages to repertoire: High Elvish, Orcish (and perhaps a few others; I'll find out tonight when we being our first rehearsals). From the San Francisco Symphony concert blurb:

Relive the award-winning soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings, composed by Howard Shore. Original illustrations and storyboard sketches by renowned Tolkien artists Alan Lee and John Howe projected onto a screen above the orchestra create a unique multimedia experience. Played by the full orchestra, this concert proves once again that digital surround sound in the movie theater is no match for the real thing.

This should be a hoot! As a fan of Tolkien, I'm looking forward to being part of this.

But first we have a few more Verdi Requiem performances to finish...

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