From Jason Michael Paul, the creator and producer of Play! A Video Game Symphony:
“I am extremely pleased that the Utah Symphony will be presenting Play! A Video Game Symphony! The Utah Symphony is an extremely talented orchestra that further legitimizes and adds a tremendous amount of credibility to the art of video game music. The fans have been eager to have a show in Utah so I am hopeful that they will come in full force to experience the magic that this show has to offer.”
Utah Symphony will present Play! A Video Game Symphony on Tuesday, November 17th. This isn’t the first time that Utah Symphony has delved into the world of video game music and it certainly won’t be the last! Video game music is truly finding its way onto the concert podium, and the academic world isn’t far behind (check out this academic article on the semantic contributions of video game music to the world of video games: http://gamestudies.org/0401/whalen/; or to delve into the world of the quasi-acedemic, Wikipedia has an excellent history of video game music here, including a history of video game concert performance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_music).
Says gamer Dave Sullivan, “Some of the older music is interesting because the composer could only have four notes of a fixed tone playing at the same time – so they had to try to use funkiness to make it interesting (i.e. Super Mario Bros), and seeing it orchestrated gives a new dimension to what was previously limited to a bunch of beeps.”
So how has video game music affected you? Please write in five of your best gaming moments/memories ever as a comment and post them one at a time with a tagline for the upcoming Play! performance. You might even see your headline used!
Here’s a complete list of what you’ll hear on November 17:
PLAY! Opening Fanfare by Nobuo Uematsu
Super Mario Bros.® by Koji Kondo
Lost Odyssey by Nobuo Uematsu
Sonic the Hedgehog™ by Masato Nakamura
Battlefield by Joel Eriksson
Shenmue by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Castlevania by Michiru Yamane
Kingdom Hearts™ by Yoko Shimomura
THE ELDER SCROLLS® IV: OBLIVION™ by Jeremy Soule
Chrono TriggerTM / Chrono Cross™ by Yasunori Mitsuda
World of Warcraft® by Jason Hayes
HALO® by Martin O’Donnell
The Legend of Zelda® by Koji Kondo
You’d better hurry to get tickets for this performance, because they’re going fast! KBER-FM 101.1 will be at Abravanel Hall until 7 PM that day with Rock Band and free giveaways. Click here to purchase tickets.