Arnie Roth's much-anticipated Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy is a multi-sensory exploration of sound and imagery. Along with world-famous composer Nobuo Uematsu, Roth has arranged a full orchestral score from the legendary Final Fantasy soundtracks. No longer just a "fantasy," concert-goers are treated to large-scale, vibrant stills and video, projected to immerse the audience in their favorite fabled lands.
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Comprised of 14 video games, the Final Fantasy series spans more than 20 years of technological innovations. From 8-bit to surround-sound, these games have been at the forefront of musical milestones. Intriguingly, the Grammy Award-winning Roth has managed to preserve each of the unique sounds. Says he, "I try to stay in the established - early - styles [while] enhancing them with orchestrations fleshed out for 100 performers."
Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy is a musical marvel, to be sure, yet even more striking are the shifting CGI sequences which morph and transition in tandem with Roth's conducting. In an unprecedented partnership, gaming parent company Square Enix has granted a full license for this traveling concert, allowing large-scale, HD feeds of famous battles, explorations and goodbyes to be projected as "eye candy", mingling the symphonic and gaming crowds for two nights of enthralling passions.
Accompanying the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this cutting-edge concert, Distant Worlds spotlights renowned vocal and musical soloists, as well as the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir. Program highlights include VICTORY THEME, J-E-N-O-V-A and Chocobo Medley 2010, as well the FFVI Opera "Maria and Draco."
Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $40. If you're feeling fangirl-y there are $150 VIP packages available, which include prime seating for the show and a meet ‘n greet with both Arnie Roth and the preeminent Uematsu-san. Yes, for real, you can shake his hand and have a chat (though in my case there will be but squealing and bouncing!)