shore of the rings

More than five years after Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy returned from Mount Doom with a hobbit cart full of Academy Awards, J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy still rules them all — all film-score fans. Composer Howard Shore distilled the nine hours of his Oscar-winning music for Jackson’s movies into The Lord of the Rings: Symphony in Six Movements, which arrives in Kansas City between stops in Finland and the Czech Republic. The work calls for 200 performers, so the Kansas City Symphony spills onto the Music Hall’s stage alongside a choral armada and under an elaborate array of projected visuals (including work by Alan Lee and John Howe, conceptual artists who worked on the movies). The adventure begins at 8 tonight and Friday night at the Music Hall (301 West 13th Street). Ludwig Wicki conducts. Call 816-471-0400 or see Ticket prices range from $28 to $88; see

Thu., May 7, 8 p.m., 2009