Videogame symphony hits Australia!

PLAY! is coming to Sydney
Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. and Sydney Opera House has announced that Sydney will be the first Australian date on the world tour of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony. A new concert series that draws its scores from a catalogue of blockbuster video games, PLAY! will be premiered at one of the most distinctive and famous 20th century buildings, the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House. PLAY! A Video Game Symphony will be performed by the Sydney Symphony conducted by Arnie Roth and backed by choral sensation Cantillation. PLAY! will be performed from June 20 2007.

Brought to vibrant life by a full orchestra and choir, the PLAY! concert features award-winning orchestral music from popular video game titles including Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, The Legend Of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., World Of Warcraft, Lost Odyssey, Sonic The Hedgehog, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross. Highlights of the concert include performances of the monumental Final Fantasy VI – Dancing Mad and Castlevania presented by full orchestra, choir and pipe organ. The Sydney Opera House Grand Organ is the largest tracker action organ ever built. Outstanding graphics on large screens above the orchestra will accompany the scores to highlight memorable moments from the games.

“Since the launch of PLAY! we have been working on bringing this show to Australia. With the cooperation of such distinguished organizations our mission of bringing video game music to the masses is being realized!”, says Jason Michael Paul, producer of PLAY!.

The two-hour concert will be conducted by Grammy Award-winning artist Arnie Roth. “It’s no secret among game lovers and connoisseurs of orchestral music that some of today’s most thrilling scores are coming out of the video game genre,” says Roth. “This spectacular concert series speaks to the growing popularity and artistic sophistication of this form of entertainment and will attract people of all generations to some of the world’s greatest concert halls.”

Register at the Sydney Opera House today to be part of a priority booking in early 2007.

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