Chicago Symphony Orchestra with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Chicago Chorale, and the Lakeside Singers All Ages Member Picks Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Aug. 7, 7 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. 2014

You don’t have to be a Tolkien fan to appreciate the Ravinia Festival’s screenings of the last film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. I’ve never read Tolkien’s books, and I’m mostly clueless about their lore—but I am a fan of movie music and its awesome capacity to bestow emotional depth and power. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing a great score live while the film it accompanies plays on a screen above the musicians promises to be the kind of maximum aesthetic experience you can otherwise get only with, say, grand opera: virtuosity on a majestic scale. And the technical innovation that makes it possible—the recorded music can be peeled away from the film while preserving dialogue and sound effects—is as nifty a piece of magic as you’re likely to find in Middle-earth. Ludwig Wicki conducts the CSO in Howard Shore’s sweeping score (Shore won two of his four Academy Awards for work on this film), joined by the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Chicago Chorale, the Lakeside Singers, and various soloists. Movie screens will be set up in the pavilion and on the lawn. The park opens at 4 PM, and free student lawn passes must be arranged in advance. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $25-$50

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