Return to Middle Earth

$15,218 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 18 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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Everyone: the campaign is winding down, and will close on October 1. Please make sure to get your donations in before then. Before the premiere of the symphony on November 3 at Valparaiso University, Maestro de Meij will be presented with a check representing all of the donations given from the campaign. Thanks to all of those who have donated, and hope that you will enjoy this new addition of the musical creativeness of the Tolkien community. Brad
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Sørina Higgins
13 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
10 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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Created March 10, 2017
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JP
$250
Jonathan Plant
9 days ago

Can’t wait to perform this!

DB
$100
Dan Buhring
26 days ago

So happy to be a part of this!

AR
$1,000
Albert L. And Lynn E. Reichle
27 days ago

For those of you who will play in the world premiere of the Symphony, I encourage you to listen to the movements provided by Dr. Doebler. In a word...it’s JAW DROPPING! I realize everyone is not in a financial position to donate but even a small amount will help. Maestro De Meij poured his soul into this extraordinary Symphony. We are blessed to be able to perform it.

Sørina Higgins
13 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
10 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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