Video Games Live Debuts in Tucson!
Thu Mar 4, 2010, 7:18 am
VIDEO GAMES LIVE DEBUTS IN TUCSON WITH THE TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Two Performances March 13 & 14 Include TSO Chorus plus
Pre-Concert Festival to feature interactive game demos, a costume contest, game competitions, prizes & more
(Tucson, AZ)—Now is your chance to experience the exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments that have thrilled hundreds of thousands of video game enthusiasts and their families around the world.
Video game music composers and conductors Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall bring the program they created, Video Games Live, to the Tucson Music Hall on Saturday March 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 pm for a TSO Pops! Special. Their crew of eight will join the TSO and Bruce Chamberlain directing the TSO Chorus for a program featuring music from Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Final Fantasy®, Warcraft®, Metal Gear Solid®, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic™, Castlevania and many more.
At the Tucson Music Hall, the PRE-CONCERT FESTIVAL will begin at 6:00 PM on SATURDAY MARCH 13 and 12:30 PM on SUNDAY MARCH 14. Guests will enter a costume contest with the winner chosen onstage by crowd response during the show. The Guitar Hero contest will test their skills on a classic rock hit plus there will be prizes and, after the performance, a meet-and-greet with top game composers and designers.
Video Games Live host Tommy Tallarico, is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps and bloops to real music. An accomplished musician, Mr. Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 19 years and was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide. He currently holds 3 Guinness World Records including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games.
With over 30 game scores to his credit, Jack Wall has built a track record and an international reputation as an A-list composer and music producer in the interactive entertainment sector. His composing credits include Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Dungeon Siege II, Rise of the Kasai and Wrath Unleashed among others.
The premiere performance of Video Games Live on July 6, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic drew over 11,000 people, making it the biggest video game concert in the world, a performance USA Today called, “a beautiful debut.” The New York Times called an October 27, 2009 presentation of Video Games Live at the Beacon Theater in New York, “a captivating, proudly bombastic show.” MTV says Video Games Live shows “Video game music is coming of age,” while both the BBC and the Washington Post note that the concert shows how the video game industry continues to evolve, not only as entertainment but also as art.
The TSO Pops! Special Video Games Live is supported in part by Cox Communications. Dell Alienware is the U.S. tour sponsor. Media partners are KFMA and KLPX radio, Tucson Newspapers and the Explorer.
Tickets, $22 - $67, are available online at www.tucsonsymphony.org, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office located at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue or by phone at (520) 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Programming, artists and prices are subject to change.
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