A performance by the Nashville Symphony has been added as the climactic event of the C.S. Lewis academic conference coming to Belmont University this fall. The Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C.S. Lewis conference is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2005, at Belmont University and will examine the works of author C.S. Lewis and also author J.R.R. Tolkein.
Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony, a musical journey into the realm of Middle-Earth which Shore composed the symphony from about 30 hours of scores he composed for the popular Lord of the Rings movies. The symphony, in six movements, requires more than 200 musicians and singers and will be performed with images from the movies projected above the stage, at Belmont’s Curb Event Center on Saturday night at the conclusion of the conference.
The Nashville Symphony is currently selling season-tickets for package prices ranging from $128 to $619. Single-concert tickets will be available beginning July 31 via the symphony’s box office or website.
Other key events of the conference including scholarly panels and presentations; a dinner with and keynote address Thursday night of the conference by Doug Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis and consultant to the forthcoming Disney film The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; a Friday night performance of “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” by British actor David Payne, president of Rising Image Productions; and a Saturday afternoon concert, titled “The Inconsolable Secret,” by literary progressive rock band Glass Hammer.
More details, including conference registration information, will be released soon. Paper abstract submissions are currently being solicited at the website and accepted through May 1, 2005.