July 15, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
FANS OF FINAL FANTASY VIDEO GAME SERIES TREATED TO ORCHESTRAL AND MULTIMEDIA CONCERT SPECTACLE
HOUSTON (July 15, 2016) – The Houston Symphony together with the Houston Symphony Chorus join GRAMMY Award-winner and acclaimed conductor Arnie Roth July 23 for an afternoon and evening of unique arrangements and high definition video presentations of FINAL FANTASY.
One of the top-grossing role-playing video games of all times, FINAL FANTASY - known for its compelling visuals and engaging character and plot development - took the video gaming community in the U.S. by storm in the early nineties not long after the initial release in Japan.
In 2007, 20 years after the video game’s inception, Roth produced and launched Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, a symphonic program featuring the music and visuals from the popular science fiction video game series. In addition to classic music from the main franchise, fans of the series can expect to hear new orchestral arrangements and see an innovative multimedia presentation that includes high definition video from game developer SQUARE ENIX.
The orchestra will be led by Roth while the Houston Symphony Chorus will perform under the direction of chorus director Betsy Cook Weber. Roth is a classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and GRAMMY Award-winning artist who performs a wide array of musical genres.
The world tour makes its Houston stop July 23 at Jones Hall for an afternoon (2:30 p.m.) and an evening performance (7:30 p.m.). The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
Distant Worlds: FINAL FANTASY
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Arnie Roth, conductor
Houston Symphony Chorus
Betsy Cook Weber, director
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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