Geek culture meets…culture

On Friday, August 4, at Filene Center at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Arnie Roth, will be presenting PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.

Joined by the Master Chorale of Washington, the NSO will be playing selected music from such video games as The Legend of Zelda, Silent Hill, Battlefield 1942, HALO, Super Mario Brothers, and Final Fantasy.

Scenes from the games will be played on giant video screens during the performance, but no pre-recorded bits. All of the music is performed live.

According to the article in the Washington Post, more than hardcore gamers have been attending these concerts during the five-city tour. According to producer Jason M. Paul, there have also been “…general music concertgoers, people who actually appreciate classical music, families who just want to be entertained, movie soundtrack fans.”

Some modern video games have very good and compelling music, so it’s about time some of it started finding its way into more mainstream venues. It’s too bad that I didn’t find out about it in time to actually attend myself.

Some tickets are still available.


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