Square Enix live symphony on September 12th; Uematsu-san in attendance
Video game composer Nobuo Uematsu will be in attendance and now you can be too! The video game music tribute will be streamed for all fans live on September 12th for free.
Jonne Valtonen will be arranging the music exclusively for Symphonic Fantasies. The song titled “Fanfare overture” composed by Valtonen will be the opening piece of the concert. Music Director and Conductor Arnie Roth will be reprising his role conducting Symphonic Fantasies. There will be four sets of music played at the concert.
The first set of music to be played is composed by Yoko Shimomura from the Kingdom Hearts series. The set list includes: Dearly Beloved, The Other Promise, A Fight to the Death, and Hand in Hand.
Following Kingdom Hearts is music from Secret of Mana, composed by Hiroki Kikuta. Fans will be pleased to know that Fear of the Heavens, Into the Thick of it, The Oracle, and Prophecy will be played.
The third set of music is composed by Yasunori Mitsuda from Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. The songs include: Chrono Trigger, Scars of Time, Battle with Magus, and Prisoners of Fate.
The fourth and final set of music will be from various Final Fantasy games composed by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. Final Fantasy fans will be able to hear Prelude, Bombing Mission, Battle at the Big Bridge, and Phantom Forest.
The 16 pieces of music announced will not be the only songs, according to the Symphonic Fantasies website. On September 11, the rest will be revealed. For the Final Fantasy portion, the WDR Radio Choir will be performing with the WDR Radio Orchestra. Fan favorites like Liberi Fatali and One Winged Angel would be a welcome addition to the already great set list, and we hope that the Choir is a hint that those songs will be played.
Yoko Shimomura, Hiroki Kikuta, Yasunori Mitsuda, and Nobuo Uematsu will all be in attendance in Germany and will also be participating in an autograph session for the fans. The concerts will be performed in Oberhausen and Cologne Germany. Good luck getting tickets though, the concert in Cologne is sold out!
At what time can you watch the stream? According to the Distant Worlds Facebook page:
“Symphonic Fantasies music from Square Enix will be streamed live at 8pm German time, 1pm Chicago time.”
Fans of video game music will be pleased to know that Symphonic Fantasies will not be the last video game music concert of the year. “Distant Worlds – Music from Final Fantasy” will be making its Canadian debut on October 8th and will be returning to Chicago on December 12th. Tickets are still available! More on Distant Worlds as the date draws closer.
Until then, here is Fanfare overture, composed by Jonne Valtonen. Enjoy.