Grammy-winning artist Arnie Roth will conduct the 70 minutes of music. Roth is a classically trained violinist, conductor and composer who has worked with artists such as Diana Ross, the Three Tenors and Andrea Bocelli.
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The official orchestra website of the WDR reports: “Achtung! Symphonic Fantasies-Konzert in der Kölner Philharmonie bald ausverkauft!”.
In English: “Attention! Symphonic Fantasies concert at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne to be sold out soon!”. More than 50% of the tickets are gone - after less than a week!
“Even employees at the box office were asking: ‘What is this Symphonic Fantasies?! Tickets are selling like crazy!’”.
Thomas Böcker, concert producer: ”We are going to make a few announcements later, but yes — I can officially confirm that three famous composers will be in attendance. And yes, there will be a meet and greet, probably before the actual concert starts, that will be free of charge. More details will be announced shortly.”.
Jonne Valtonen, the award-winning Finnish composer and arranger, has been hired to arrange the music for the Symphonic Fantasies concert in Cologne exclusively, using classics such as “Final Fantasy”, “Chrono Trigger”, “Chrono Cross”, “Kingdom Hearts” and ”Secret of Mana”.
The WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne and the WDR Radio Choir Cologne will present the “Symphonic Fantasies” concert on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8 PM. This highly anticipated concert will feature music from the video game soundtracks of Square Enix. The Japanese company Square Enix is rated as one of the world’s best known producers of digital entertainment software.
“We will present a huge concert of video game music, performed by the WDR Radio Orchestra, and the WDR Radio Choir. Arnie Roth will be conducting, and there will be special appearances by Rony Barrak and Benyamin Nuss. Thanks to the help of Thomas Böcker, who is my right-hand-man for these kinds of productions, I am absolutely certain that it is going to be an amazing concert.” said Winfried Fechner, orchestra manager of the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne.