Video game beats, symphony-style

PLAY! A Video Game Symphony is a Symphony world-tour featuring music from blockbuster video games and it’s headed to Australia next year.

The Sydney Symphony will perform Play!, the “video game symphony”, at the Sydney Opera House from June 20 next year, under conductor and Grammy award winner Arnie Roth.

It includes music from about 20 games such as Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, The Legend Of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., World Of Warcraft, Lost Odyssey and Sonic The Hedgehog.

As well as a full orchestra, choir and pipe organ, the show will also feature highlight clips from the video games, which will be played on large screens above the orchestra.

“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,” Mr Roth said.

The show premiered on May 27 and has already played at various locations across the US, Canada and Sweden. Whether the concert will go to other venues around Australia is yet to be determined.

Source: SMH

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