Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy – Uematsu-san performing with the Chicago Mages this Saturday
On Saturday, December 12th, Final Fantasy fans across the world will be able to listen to Nobuo Uematsu perform in Chicago. This is of course assuming that you have tickets to Distant Worlds. Unfortunately there will be no live stream like Symphonic Fantasies, but that doesn’t get rid of the awesome.
This concert promises new renditions of the songs we all know and love and even music from Final Fantasy XIV will be played. Excited?
If you couldn’t tell yet, I’m a huge video game music fan. Before I had the luxury of easily buying CDs or listening to the songs on the internet, I used to record the music from Final Fantasy games (amongst others) onto a cassette using a very large stereo. It wasn’t the best of quality, but songs from classic games were my lullabies, and I loved every second of it. I would have never imagined that 15 years later I would be attending concerts that play music from my favorite games. Music from video games have been a large part of my life, and I still listen to various pieces every night before bed.
I’ve been to Dear Friends, Play! A Video Game Symphony, Distant Worlds, and I will once again be going to Distant Worlds on Saturday. The most memorable was probably Play! Nobuo Uematsu, Koji Kondo, Akira Yamaoka, and Angela Aki (and others that I forgot to mention), were all in attendance and many performed. Listening to Koji Kondo playing the New Super Mario Bros theme on the piano was quite a treat, but that doesn’t beat the amazing performance of the Theme of Laura with Akira Yamaoka playing on the guitar. It was an incredibly memorable experience and having signed programs and posters from all my favorite composers made it even better.
Not too much has been revealed for the concert this Saturday. However, here’s the setlist so far:
- The Man with the Machine Gun
- Victory Theme
- Melodies of Life
- Suteki da ne
- Main Theme of FFVII
- Kiss Me Goodbye
- Dancing Mad
- A new arrangement of J-E-N-O-V-A
- Music from FFXIV.
This is all in addition to Uematsu-san performing with the Chicago Mages. So in actuality, a lot has been revealed so far, although there will definitely be some surprises. If you can make it to the Chicago event, there still are tickets left, although the cheapest ones are completely sold out. There’ also a meet and greet, although tickets for that might be gone by now as well. The really neat thing about Distant Worlds is that many of the songs playing in Chicago are being done for the first time, and it makes my excitement even greater.
Also, today at Flashpoint Academy in Chicago, conductor Arnie Roth and Nobou Uematsu himself will be giving a presentation and interview at 11am central time (17:00) and you can watch it live!
During the Q&A session at Flashpoint, it was revealed that two songs from FFXIV will be played. In addition to that, all remaining tickets to Distant Worlds are 50% off. Just go to the ticketmaster website and type SQEX as the promotional code.
Listening to music that you love live is the best way to end the year (even better with a loved one). Have you ever been to a video game symphony? Share your experiences!