For those that managed to attend the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert here in Vancouver back in October in 2009, it was quite the experience. Performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Arnie Roth, the concert performance brought tears to many a person’s eye (I know, people were crying tears of joy all around me).

For any Final Fantasy and video game enthusiast that missed out on it, you get another opportunity coming in December. Play! A Video Game Symphony is coming to Vancouver on Monday, December 6th, 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre. Click here for more details.

Performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a full choir, Play! A Video Game Symphony features award-winning music from a catalogue of bluckbuster video game titles, including Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, and many more. Stunning graphics on large screens above the orchestra accompany the exciting scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video games (let’s hope better choice of visuals this time).

If you are a VSO subscriber, you can get your tickets now. If not, make sure to bookmark Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 10:am on your calendars, because that’s when single concert tickets for the season will be open to the public. See you there.


So it was a fantastic night, the music was great, along with the extra encore of “One-Winged Angel” (but of course), and experiencing the show with some fellow colleagues/friends from the game industry made it much more enjoyable.

The biggest disappointment was that the synchronized video for the Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross piece failed to show (what I was most looking forward to)… and there are many better fan-made music videos out there for the majority of the pieces. All in all, I will do this again, every time if I can!

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