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MCHS Choral Students to Perform in World Premier of "Lord of the Rings" Symphony

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Forty-six Michigan City High School choral students who are members of the City Singers and Treble Chorale are preparing to sing the world premier of a Symphony.  

On Saturday, November 3, these students will combine with 150 other choir students from Munster, Wheeler, Washington Township, Kankakee Valley and Lowell High Schools to sing Johan de Meij's Symphony #5, under the direction of Mr. de Meij himself. The band from Valparaiso University as well as Windiana band will be playing this world premier performance.

The concert will be held at Valparaiso University on November 3 at 5pm; adult tickets are $25, seniors are $20, and students are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling the VUCA Box Office (464-5162), online (, or at the door that night.  

Dutch composer Johan de Meij achieved world fame with his Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings". The new work, his Symphony No. 5 is entitled "Return to Myddle Erde", ("Return to Middle Earth") and is scored for large wind orchestra, soprano solo and choir, and again like his Symphony No. 1 is inspired by the mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien. Miestro de Meij has been commissioned to write the symphony during The Past, Present, and Future of Tolkien Scholarship international conference.