Return to Middle Earth

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Raised by 23 people in 15 months
Dutch composer Johan de Meij, who achieved world fame with his Symphony No. 1 The Lord of the Rings, has been commissioned to write a new symphony, to be premiered under the baton of the maestro himself at Valparaiso University on November 3, 2018 during The Past, Present, and Future of Tolkien Scholarship international conference.  The new work is entitled Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth, scored for large wind orchestra, soprano solo and choir, and again inspired by the mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

Funds are required to finance this commission, and all donations (small or large) are welcome.  For those who contribute at the levels of $250, $500, or $1,000 or more will be recognized in the program book at the world premiere concert and in the published score, and they will be invited to the world premiere performance.  They will be forever linked as a major contributor to this one-of-a-kind artistic event.  It is something to show your kids and grandkids in the future that this new spectacular composition was commissioned by you and your donation!

Donations of $250 or more will be listed in the program booklet and in the published score with the person's or corporation's name.  Gold Level donors and up will receive complimentary tickets as follows:

$250                                   Bronze Level donor
$500                                   Silver Level donor
$1,000                               Gold Level donor (4 free tickets)
$2,500                               Platinum Level donor
                                                         (8 free tickets)
$5,000 or more            Diamond Level donor
                                                         (15 free tickets)

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You can contact the composer through his website http://www.johandemeij.com
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Sørina Higgins
10 months ago
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More information here would be helpful for those of us pondering whether to donate. Links to Johan de Meij's music and Tom Loback's art would be good. A CFP for the conference (if available) would help, or at least more details about the conference theme, etc.

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Robin Reid
6 months ago

Sørina: I don't know if Brad has seen your comment or not, but you can listen to de Meij's Symphony #1 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzTXVES2ENo Some of Loback's art can be at various sites: he died in 2015 from what I've seen. https://www.facebook.com/tomhat.loback/media_set?set=a.480744265389340.1073741962.100003613137393&type=3 This blogger and collaborator has a number of posts and images: http://www.elendilion.pl/?s=Loback I suspect a formal CFP will come out fairly soon--since the conference is still almost a year away.

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Anonymous
12 days ago
WB
$1,000
Windiana Concert Band
28 days ago

In memory of Laurel Hahn

PH
$250
Philip Hahn
1 month ago

Looking forward to the premier!

$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
JD
$2,500
Jeff Doebler
3 months ago

Consortium Michigan City Municipal Band Windiana Concert Band Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band Valparaiso University Luce Concert Band Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor

WS
$300
Windiana Trumpet Section
3 months ago

We will enjoying premiering this piece with you.

Sørina Higgins
10 months ago
1
1

More information here would be helpful for those of us pondering whether to donate. Links to Johan de Meij's music and Tom Loback's art would be good. A CFP for the conference (if available) would help, or at least more details about the conference theme, etc.

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Robin Reid
6 months ago

Sørina: I don't know if Brad has seen your comment or not, but you can listen to de Meij's Symphony #1 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzTXVES2ENo Some of Loback's art can be at various sites: he died in 2015 from what I've seen. https://www.facebook.com/tomhat.loback/media_set?set=a.480744265389340.1073741962.100003613137393&type=3 This blogger and collaborator has a number of posts and images: http://www.elendilion.pl/?s=Loback I suspect a formal CFP will come out fairly soon--since the conference is still almost a year away.

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