This fall and winter has thrown me around parts of the southeastern United States dealing with one thing or another and so I wasn't around when single-event tickets went on sale. So when I heard a radio ad for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with the Grand Rapids Symphony, I hoped I wasn't too late.
Since I last posted about this in July 2011 (DW), they'd added the second show on Saturday 18 February 2012. But I wanted to stick with the Friday night performance, because we already have tickets on Sunday the 19th to see Anthony Bourdain and his buddy Eric Ripert at the same venue.
An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert
Join Anthony Bourdain, chef, author of Medium Raw and host of The Travel’s Channel’s No Reservations and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin, author, host of “Avec Eric” on PBS and regular guest on Bravo’s Top Chef as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. It's an evening of storytelling and observation providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors.
Anthony Bourdain has been dubbed “the bad boy of cuisine” for his rock star look and blunt observations about the world of restaurants, chefs and cooking. Bourdain, the Chef-at-large at New York’s famed bistro Les Halles, is the author of the bestselling novels, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and most recently Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook. His show on The Travel Channel, No Reservations, has been nominated for an Emmy and recently concluded filming its seventh season.
Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin continues to receive universal critical acclaim for its food and service and the Zagat Guide has recognized the restaurant as the “Best Food” in New York City for the last seven consecutive years. Ripert has also served as guest judge (and “fan favorite”) on Bravo’s Top Chef for the past four seasons. This past fall, Ripert published his fourth book entitled, Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert in addition to his previous titles: On the Line and A Return to Cooking and the Le Bernardin Cookbook.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which includes premiere seating within the first six rows, access to an exclusive meet and greet session with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a VIP tour laminate and a limited edition poster. Grand Rapids' acclaimed Bar Divani is pleased to be the Official Restaurant Sponsor of the evening, and will be providing an innovative selection of appetizers for VIP Reception attendees.
Copies of Bourdain’s new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, and Ripert’s Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert along with other titles from their back catalogs will be available for purchase on site from Schuler Books and Music, the official bookseller for the event.
Tickets are on sale now and are available at the DeVos Place convention center and Van Andel Arena box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster locations.
Event Times: Sun, Feb 19, 2012 7:00 PM
$35, $40, $45, with a limited number of $127.50 VIP tickets
But I digress from the MAIN EVENT:
Friday 17 February 2012, 7pm, DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids MI
One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them.
One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.
The Grand Rapids Symphony is doing a live orchestra performance to the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Yes, this is the continuation of the 2009 concert of the glorious The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and the 2010 concert of the haunting The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
The battle for Tolkien's Middle Earth ignites in this epic cinematic masterpiece and final installment of the timeless trilogy! Watch the complete film, projected in HD on a huge screen above the orchestra, as more than 200 musicians perform the lush and mystical score.
Mrs. Dr. Phil couldn't come to The Two Towers film/concert, but we will be able to complete the series together. If anyone is interested in attending with us -- let me know. We've got Loge D (Left) seats 11 & 12, which should be spectacular for watching the orchestra. You can call the GR Symphony Ticket Services directly Monday - Friday, 9 am-5 pm at 616/454-9451, Ext. 4.