• 2018-02-27
  • 30 YEARS Symphony No. 1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS

    ANNIVERSARY CONCERT 30 YEARS Symphony No. 1
    THE LORD OF THE RINGS
    ROYAL SYMPHONIC BAND OF THE BELGIAN GUIDES
    Sittard - The Netherlands, March 15, 2018

    Listen to an exclusive interview about TLOTR with Johan de Meij and Col. Jason Fettig of the United States Marine Band - click HERE

    The 30 Years Anniversary Concert of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij will take place Thursday March 15th in Theater De Domijnen in Sittard, performed by The Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides (‘De Gidsen’), conducted by their former director and honorary guest conductor Norbert Nozy.
    The event is organized by the Koninklijke Harmonie van Thorn (nicknamed ‘De Bokken’), the orchestra where Norbert Nozy recently retired as chief conductor. The current conductor of De Gidsen, Yves Segers, organized a series of guest appearances with De Bokken van Thorn in 2017. It was Pierre Kuijpers, born and raised in Thorn, who carried out 'The Lord of the Rings' for the first time in The Netherlands with The Dutch Royal Military Band (KMK).
    The world premiere of Symphony No. 1 'The Lord of the Rings' was exactly 30 years ago (March 15th, 1988), performed by De Gidsen, and conducted by Norbert Nozy. The concert on March 15th, 2018 will be an exact copy of the 1988 concert: same line-up, same conductor and the same program. Johan de Meij, who resides in New York since 2008, will be present in Sittard during the performance, as well as many representatives of the Dutch music scene.
    In addition to Symphony No. 1, the program includes the Overture Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz, Introduction, Theme and Variations for clarinet by Gioacino Rossini, with soloist Eva Saliën and Dance Funambulesque by Jules Strens.
    It is unknown how many times The Lord of the Rings has been performed over the past 30 years, but it must be in the thousands. Johan de Meij still receives invitations from all over the world to conduct or discuss his musical portrayal of the epic Trilogy of Tolkien. February 25th he is invited to conduct the US Marine Band ‘The President’s Own’ in Washington, and September 29th Johan will conduct the symphonic version with the North Netherlands Orchestra (NNO)
    Symphony No. 1, his very first composition for wind orchestra, is still a bestseller after thirty years. The concert will be hosted by Ab Nieuwdorp, presenter of the radio program “De Klassieken” on Dutch Radio NPO 4, including a pre-concert talk with Johan de Meij and Norbert Nozy.

    Tickets at € 17.50 (excluding theatre surcharge) can be ordered via https://www.dedomijnen.nl/podium/agenda/ or at the box office of Schouwburg De Domijnen.

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    PLAYLIST 2018:

    The United States Marine Band "The President's Own"
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings  - Conductor Johan de Meij
    February 25, 2018 - 2:00 pm University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland - USA

    Muziekkapel van de Belgische Gidsen - Conductor: Norbert Nozy
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    March 15, 2018 - 8:00 pm Schouwburg De Domijnen, Sittard - The Netherlands
    30 Years Anniversary Concert of Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings

    McGill Wind Orchestra - Conductor: Jonathan Dagenais
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    March 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm McGill University - Pollack Hall, Montréal - Canada


    Rheinische Bläserphilharmonie - Conductor: Irene Anda
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    March 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm Aula Lessingschule, Wesseling - Germany

    Rheinische Bläserphilharmonie - Conductor: Irene Anda
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    March 18, 2018 - 8:00 pm LVR Landesmuseum, Bonn - Germany

    Sociedad Musical “La Artística” de Buñol - Conductor: Henrie Adams
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    March 31, 2018 - 7:30 pm El Teatro Montecarlo, Buñol, Valencia - Spain

    Westfalen Winds - Conductor: Ulrich Schmidt
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 08, 2018 - 4:00 pm Stadthalle Meinerzhagen , Meinerzhagen - Germany

    Rodøvre Concert Band - Conductor: Jørgen Misser Jensen
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 10, 2018 - 7:30 pm Kulturhuset Viften , Rødovre, København - Denmark

     
    Centrumharmonie Geel - Conductor: Koen Dries
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm Cultureel Centrum De Werft , Geel - Belgium

     
    Centrumharmonie Geel - Conductor: Koen Dries
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 15, 2018 - 3:00 pm Cultureel Centrum De Werft, Geel - Belgium

     
    Hynemos Wind Orchestra - Conductor: Wataru Okada
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 15, 2018 - 2:00 pm Tokyo Rene Kodaira (Big Hall), Tokyo - Japan

    De Phoenix Wateringen & Excelsior Wassenaar - Conductor: Henk Oenema
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 21, 2018 - 3:00 pm Sint Joseph Kerk, Wateringen - The Netherlands

     
    Da Capo Leeuwarden - Conductor: Floris de Wever
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 21, 2018 - 7:30 pm De Fontein , Leeuwarden - The Netherlands

     
    Hemvärnets Musikkår & Luleå Orkesterförening - Conductor: Petter Sundkvist
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 22, 2018 - 4:00 pm Framnäs Folkhögskola, Piteå - Sweden

     
    De Phoenix Wateringen & Excelsior Wassenaar - Conductor: Henk Oenema
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 22, 2018 - 2:00 pm American School of The Hague (ASH), Wassenaar - The Netherlands

     
    Düsseldorfer Symphoniker - Conductor: Jesko Sirvend
    Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings (Orchestral Version)
    April 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm Tonhalle, Düsseldorf - Germany
     
    Lamar University Wind Ensemble - Conductor: Andy McMahan
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    April 27, 2018 - 7:30 pm University Theatre, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas - USA

     
    Buffalo Niagara Concert Band - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 04, 2018 - 8:00 pm Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, New York - USA

     
    Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Schelle - Conductor: Dirk de Caluwé
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 04, 2018 - 8:00 pm deSingel Blauwe Zaal, Antwerpen - Belgium
     
    Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band & Windiana Concert Band - Conductor: Jeffrey Doebler
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 05, 2018 - 1:00 pm Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso Indiana - USA
     
    Modern Sound[s] Orchestra Seelze & Sinfonisches Blasorchester Wehdel
    Conductor: Henning Klingemann & Thomas Ratzek
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 06, 2018 - 11:00 am Geestland-Halle, Geestland - Germany

    Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Gingelom - Conductor: Hans Wuestenberg
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 27, 2018 - 8:00 pm `T Maanhof, Borlo, Gingelom - Belgium
     
    Muziekkapel van de Belgische Gidsen - Conductor: Yves Segers
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    May 31, 2018 - 8:00 pm Capitole, Gent - Belgium

    Sinfonisches Blasorchester Ulm - Conductor: Douglas Bostock
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 03, 2018 - 6:30 pm Pauluskirche, Ulm - Germany

    Muziekvereniging Sint Radboud - Conductor: Martijn Krijnen
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 09, 2018 - 8:00 pm Grote of Sint-Janskerk, Schiedam - The Netherlands
     
    Sinfonieorchester Basel Brass & Percussion - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Gandalf (part I from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
    Journey in the Dark (part IV from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
    Hobbits (part V from Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings)
    June 10, 2018 - 11:30 am Museum der Kulturen, Basel - Switzerland
     
    Bläserphilharmonie Aachen - Conductor: Miguel Etchegoncelay
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm Aula 1 im Hauptgebäude der RWTH, Aachen - Germany
    June 16, 2018 - 7:30 pm Aula 1 im Hauptgebäude der RWTH, Aachen - Germany

    Orchestra di Fiati di Conservatoria di Piacenza - Conductor: Johan de Meij, Hans de Jong alto sax soloist
    Echoes of San Marco
    FELLINI (for alto sax, wind orchestra & circus band)
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 16, 2018 - 5:00 pm La Teatini, Piacenza (Emilia-Romagna) - Italy

     
    Orchestra di Fiati di Conservatoria di Piacenza - Conductor: Johan de Meij, Hans de Jong alto sax soloist
    Echoes of San Marco
    FELLINI (for alto sax, wind orchestra & circus band)
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 17, 2018 - 6:00 pm Conservatorio de Milano, Sala Verdi, Milano - Italy

     
    Vox Aurae Wind Ensemble - Conductor: Luca Pasqua
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 18, 2018 - 9:00 pm S.S. Pietro e Paolo Square , Arese (Milano) - Italy

     
    Bläserphilharmonie Aachen - Conductor: Tobias Haußig
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    June 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm Haus der Stadt, Düren - Germany

     
    Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO) - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony no. 1 The Lord of the Rings (Orchestral Version)
    September 29, 2018 - 9:00 pm De Oosterpoort, Groningen - The Netherlands

     
    Koninklijke Harmonie Mheer - Conductor: Fried Dobbelstein
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    October 07, 2018 - 2:00 pm Cultureel Centrum Elckerlyc , Hilvarenbeek - The Netherlands


    Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg - Conductor: Björn Bus
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    October 27, 2018 - 8:00 pm Rietenlauhalle, Hülben - Germany
     
    Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band & Windiana Concert Band
    Conductor: Johan de Meij - Maura Cock, soprano - Valparaiso University Choir
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth
    November 03, 2018 - 8:00 pm Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso Indiana - USA
    World Premiere Performance of Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth
    Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg - Conductor: Björn Bus
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    November 09, 2018 - 8:00 pm Konzertsaal der Bundesakademie Trossingen, Trossingen - Germany

     
    Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg - Conductor: Björn Bus
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    November 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm Kronenzentrum, Bietigheim-Bissingen - Germany
     
    Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    November 30, 2018 -11:00 am Toronto Center for the Arts, Toronto - Canada
    November 30, 2018 - 8:00 pm Toronto Center for the Arts, Toronto - Canada
     
    Kon.Harmonie St. Cecilia Mheer - Conductor: Fried Dobbelstein
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    December 02, 2018 - 8:00 pm Vrijthoftheater , Maastricht - The Netherlands
     
    Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Willem Friso (KMKJWF) - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    December 08, 2018 - 8:00 pm Atrium City Hall, Den Haag - The Netherlands

    Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Willem Friso (KMKJWF) - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    December 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm Weser Emshalle, Oldenburg - Germany

     
    Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Willem Friso (KMKJWF) - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings
    December 15, 2018 - 8:00 pm Drenthe Hal , Beilen, Drente - The Netherlands
     



     
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    Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals.
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    Purdue University Wind Ensemble
    Conductor: Johan de Meij
    April 20, 2018

    De Phoenix Wateringen & Excelsior Wassenaar
    Conductor: Henk Oenema
    April 21, 2018

    Da Capo Leeuwarden
    Conductor: Floris de Wever, Philip Curtis - narrator
    April 21, 2018

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