SYDNEY SHOW FOR FINAL FANTASY 30th ANNIVERSARY PREMIERE GLOBAL SYMPHONIC EVENT
MJR Presents is proud to announce the Australian premiere of Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, SQUARE ENIX, AWR Music and MJR Presents have launched this concert event featuring Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance and a full symphony orchestra conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth.
his multimedia experience combines stirring screen images to match the soaring emotions of SQUARE ENIX’s world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series.
With the first FINAL FANTASY concert premiering in 2002 in Japan, the concept has toured the world, with this new 30th anniversary production including music from throughout the 30 years of FINAL FANTASY games as well as new scores and arrangements created specifically for these concerts.
Video game music has grown increasingly popular in the last few years, playing an integral role in the immersive experience of today’s games. The FINAL FANTASY soundtracks, which are original compositions, have grown so popular that TIME magazine named series composer Nobuo Uematsu a notable “Innovator” in its recent “Time 100: the Next Wave Music” feature. SQUARE ENIX hopes to pioneer awareness and appreciation of not only its own musical creations, but also video game music throughout the industry.
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ABOUT COMPOSER NOBUO UEMATSU
Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most celebrated composers in the video game field. He has achieved global recognition for his work on the FINAL FANTASY series that has been performed by world-class orchestras around the world. Nobuo Uematsu has been recognized as a major contributor in the increasing appreciation and awareness of video game music. A prime example is the "FINAL FANTASY VIII" theme song, "Eyes on Me,” which he composed and produced with Hong Kong pop star Faye Wong which went on to sell a record 400,000 copies. It also won "Song of the Year (Western Music)" at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999, which was the first time in history that music from a video game had attained this illustrious honor. The music from the game series has grown to such notoriety, Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the "Innovators" in Time Magazine's "Time 100: the Next Wave Music " feature.
ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR ARNIE ROTH
Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.
Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and SQUARE ENIX as Music Director and Conductor of the “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY,” as well as his role as Music Director and Conductor of “ PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.” He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best selling CD’s.