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Video Game Music in Concerts

Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Hiroki Kikuta, Yoko Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda

Symphonic Fantasies
Live orchestral music from the games of Square Enix
including FINAL FANTASY, Kingdom HeartsTM,
chrono TriggerTM/chrono CrossTM & Secret of ManaTM

Final Symphony
Live orchestral music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X

Thomas Bcker Executive Producer

Eckehard Stier Conductor
Nobuo Uematsu Composer, Consultant
Masashi Hamauzu Composer, Arranger
Jonne Valtonen Arranger
Roger Wanamo Arranger

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Symphonic Fantasies
Requirements: 80 musicians, 48 SATB professional choir
Features: Music from Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts,
Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross & Secret of Mana
Previous Performances: Sold out performances with the WDR Radio
Orchestra Cologne (2009/2012), the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (2012)
and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (2012)
First world-wide live Internet broadcast of a video game music concert
15,000 fans have attended performances of Symphonic Fantasies since 2009
A recording of the Cologne concert released in 2010 by DECCA
and entered into Germanys Classical Top 20 Chart at number 13
A recording of the Tokyo concert was released in 2012
by Merregnon Studios/Square Enix
Winner of the Best Arranged Album category at the
Annual Game Music Awards

Final Symphony
Requirements: 80 musicians
features: Music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X
World-premiere May 11, 2013 at the Wuppertal Concert Hall,
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal Germany two sold out concerts
Sold out performance May 30, 2013 with the
London Symphony Orchestra, London Barbican Centre
Supported by famous video game composers
Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu
Classically structured programme with the most elaborated
video game music arrangements ever created

About Thomas Bcker

A pioneer in the field of symphonic video game music, Thomas Bcker has produced award-winning concerts
for major orchestras across the globe. In 2003, he produced the first concert featuring music from video games
outside Japan, the Symphonic Game Music Concert, in Germany, which led to steady performances worldwide. Bcker consulted on the world tours of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony and Distant Worlds: music
from Final Fantasy. Since 2008 he has staged concerts featuring music from Square Enix, Nintendo and more
and has produced several recordings with orchestras in Europe and Asia.
The LSOs performance is absolutely breathtaking.
While it would be all too easy to merely transcribe
the original games music, and then re-arrange it
for non-midi instruments, the arrangers have taken
it a step beyond. Theyve re-imagined the music,
allowing it to stand on its own two feet, so that you
could hear it completely independently of the game,
and still get a sense of scale and journey.
The 405 Music and Culture Magazine

The music of the Final Fantasy video games was

given an enthusiastic response last night after
the London Symphony Orchestra played a special
concert at the Barbican. [...] Principal flautist from
the LSO Gareth Gareth Davies commented on
Twitter: Got to say I was astonished by the final
fantasy audience. They were the most attentive I
have ever played for. Fantastic!
Classic FM

Final Symphony is not only an accomplishment for

video game music, but it is a showcase that music,
any music, can truly be transformed into worlds
that the listener can travel within. Here, images are
more vivid than any video screen can shine from
the projector, and words can never fully comprehend what we feel, the music does that for us.

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