It’s like someone handed the MSO sheet music for all our favourite things. Over the last couple of years, they've played along to Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and the music of Pixar.
Now Melbourne's Symphony Orchestra is moving into video game territory, with a new show called Final Symphony: Music From Final Fantasy.
If you’re a bit of a n00b when it comes to Final Fantasy, here’s the quick version. It’s a series of wildly successful role-playing video games that started in Japan back in the late 80s. The franchise has grown over the years, spawning multiple games, a feature-length film and shifting 135 million game units.
The MSO will be playing along to some of the game’s most famous musical scores, all under the watchful baton of conductor Eckehard Stier.
You can expect classic compositions from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X, including the Final Fantasy X piano concerto, performed by pianist Katharina Treutler. She recorded this one with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015 for their chart-topping Final Symphony album.
TBH it doesn’t really matter if you’re a fan of the game or not. If you’re a fan of good music, that should be enough (although a quick glance at this FF beginner’s guide wouldn’t go amiss).
Well played, MSO. Now all we need is a Nintendo concert and our lives will be complete.
Where: Hamer Hall, The Arts Centre
When: Friday 28 September & Saturday 29 September
For more info, click here.
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