Epic. Rousing. Heartfelt. Beautiful. Classy. Moving. Memorable. These are just a few of the many positive adjectives used to describe the music in the esteemed Final Fantasy franchise.
And if you're a fan of such stellar orchestral productions and you're in the Boston area, you should consider attending the "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy" concert on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at Symphony Hall. Presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions, this stirring show will be conducted by Grammy Award-winning artist Arnie Roth, accompanied by Boston's Video Game Orchestra (VGO) and Choir Força. Final Fantasy composer Masashi Hamauzu will also be on hand.
Tickets range between $43.50 and $76.00 (special VIP tickets go for $126.00), and they can be purchased at the Symphony Hall box office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, online at BSO.org , or by calling 1-888-266-1200. If you plan on bringing a group of avid fans and want to get 10 or more tickets at a special discounted rate, call 1-800-545-7807.
You will catch quite the show. Over 100 musicians will tackle famous composer Nobuo Uematsu's music, which Time Magazine has honored by saying it imbues the Final Fantasy titles with "grandeur and depth, much the way John Williams' score helped propel Star Wars into hyperspace." Said Music Director and Executive Producer Arnie Roth:
"While originally composed to set the tone for the Final Fantasy games, Uematsu's music is as emotionally compelling and sophisticated as the work of any composer working today. The breadth of his work is astounding, encompassing traditional orchestral and operatic work to pop-inspired ballads. To witness the overwhelming reaction of audiences – and even veteran musicians – to this music is a genuine thrill."
Being a lifelong fan of the series, I know full well the music is crucial. It's one of the biggest reasons why I've loved these games, and I imagine most of the long-time followers feel the same way.