There will be one more journey to Middle Earth this December when the final part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is released, but if that doesn’t sate your appetite for halflings, elves and dwarves, then head to New York next April to see all three Lord of the Rings movies (that’s nine hours of hobbity goodness), accompanied by a 250-piece orchestra. The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center will host the screening. Ludwig Wicki will conduct the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Lucerne in a performance of Howard Shore’s Academy Award-winning score.
It’s not the first time such a performance has taken place — the entire trilogy was screened and accompanied by a similar symphony in Lucerne, Switzerland and Munich, Germany, in 2011. Single-film performances have taken place across the world for years, as well — in fact, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers were each performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 2009 and 2010, respectively. However, this marks the first time the entire trilogy has been performed in the US. Tickets here.