The Eminence Symphony Orchestra today announced they will use the power of music to transport audiences into the fantasy worlds of popular electronic games during three ‘A Night in Fantasia 2007 - Symphonic Games Edition’ concerts to be held in Sydney and Melbourne in late April 2007.
Despite the common misconceptions of many, electronic gaming is not just about consoles and couches; it’s about creativity - the creativity of images, characters, actions, game play… and music.
In fact, this burgeoning global industry currently contributes some A$852 million to the Australian economy and Australians spend $2.3million per day on interactive games. Not surprisingly, the creation of the musical scores for electronic games is a significant, credible industry in its own right.
Unlike previous ‘fantasia’ themed concerts, the three concerts in the ‘A Night in Fantasia 2007 – Symphonic Games Edition’ series – two in Sydney and one in Melbourne - will ‘bring to life’ the musical scores from the latest and greatest computer games, including World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Super Mario Brothers, Kingdom Hearts series, Metal Gear Solid series, Final Fantasy series, Shadow of the Colossus, Tales of Legendia, Xenosaga, Chrono Cross, Soul Calibur series, Tekken series and more.
The 60-piece Eminence Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by a 30 piece choir and visually supported by live footage and memorable moments from some of the most popular videogames which will be projected onto a giant screen.
As previously announced, the concerts will also be attended by some of the most famous composers and orchestrators of the video game industry, including Yoko Shimoumura – composer of Kingdom Hearts series and Final Fantasy Versus XIII; Hitoshi Sakimoto – composer of Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics; Yasunori Mitsuda – composer of Chrono Trigger and Xenogears; Kow Otani – composer of Shadow of the Colossus and Haibane Renmai; Shiro Hamaguchi – orchestrator and arranger of the Final Fantasy series; Masaru Shiina – composer of Tales of Legendia, Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Ace Combat 3; and Junichi Nakatsuru – Composer of Soul Calibur series and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
The Eminence Symphony Orchestra will present another concert series, focusing solely on anime music, later in the year. ‘A Night in Fantasia 2007 – Symphonic Games Edition’ concert-goers will have the unique opportunity to meet with the composers of their favourite gaming musical scores as well as the chance to win great door prizes and purchase a wide range of Eminence’s merchandise.
‘A Night in Fantasia 2007 – Symphonic Games Edition’ is The Eminence Symphony Orchestra’s biggest and boldest concert to date and is a ‘must see’, ‘must hear’ event for gaming enthusiasts and lovers of music alike.
Transport yourself to another world… experience A Night in Fantasia!
Dates: Friday 20 & Saturday 21 April
Venue: The Sydney Town Hall
Bookings: via Books Kinokuniya
Date: Friday 27 April
Venue: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre
Bookings: via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.au
Visit www.eminenceonline.com for more information.