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.

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Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Nice, I hear they will be visiting London this year, me and my firend are definitely intending to go this time.

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

So much great music. Wish I was in the area for it. FFVIII might have my all time most memorable soundtrack. Crisis Core might even be in second. Beast handheld soundtrack ever!

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

Am I the only one that thought quite a number of FFVIII tracks sounded like remixes of FFVII tracks?

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

@Nas

yup. Unless you include things like victory fanfare or chocobo songs… but those are from all FF's.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2012 9:39:24 AM

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
9 years ago

Nobuo has stated before that he thinks all his music sounds the same. Could be you caught wind of what he was talking about.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You can certainly get a feel for his style.

But I think he's been pretty diverse in his writing.

Heck, listen to the battle music in FFVIII. It's written in 10/8 time. Not that that's particularly difficult, but it does separate itself from video game's apparent fixation on cut or 4/4 time. Blue Fields (the world map music in VIII) isn't in a typical time either. I can't figure out what values are per beat, but it's definitely got 6 beats per measure. It sounds like 6/4 or 6/2 to me. I almost want to say 3/2, but there is far too much emphasis on 6 separate beats to write it that way.

Compare that kind of writing in FFVII, and I don't see how it's similar at all beyond his style. Heck, he wrote the world map music in FFVII with 3 movements!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That is awesome, Final Fantasy has had the most moving music in gaming history right up through FFX. I'm not quite sure what on earth is happening with it now, sounds kinda like they asked a group of little girls to just go Daaa la da la daaa da, laaa da la la la for hours on end.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

I'd love to go but unfortunately I can't, thanks a lot unemployment 🙁 I'd like to see the song list, though I'm sure one of the best songs in the series, 1000 Words, will not be played as it is never played in their concerts. Unless they've changed that policy in recent years.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

+10 billion kudos for the picture of Rinoa, easily one of the prettiest game characters ever made. Considering the music is so beautiful, she's a perfect choice.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 2/29/2012 2:15:36 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Hey, what's with the two Tifas? 😉

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

wtf? How is this happening?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I was inspired by Worlds avatar and switched to my favorite version of Tifa the other day. Sophitia will return tomorrow…. 😉

Arvis
Arvis
9 years ago

Why is this your favorite version of Tifa, Highlander?

*he asked, innocently*

-Arvis

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Believe it or not, I love her face.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
9 years ago

Wait… You mean its not international Tifa day? 😉

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

Ha! Whoops I just realized There are 3 different members commenting. I didn't pay attention to the name and thought World was switching avatars for each new comment somehow.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

No worries, Sophitia has returned!

Oh, now that's a headline I wouldn't mind seeing.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
9 years ago

Will Nobuo be in attendance? Its one of my life long dreams to shake his hand.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Nobuo is often at these shows, but not always.

I saw this in Toronto a little over a year ago. The experience is always slightly different in each location as it's never the same orchestra nor the same singers.

Nobuo was at the one I attended. He was in the audience, but ran up on stage during the Sephiroth "One Winged Angel" song and joined the choir. LOL! Was kind of funny because the choir is so well dressed, and Nobuo is always wearing a bandana. lol

Anyways, I highly recommend this concert for any FF fan. Always interesting people that go to these too. They provided food you could order. lol I ordered "Sphere Grid Pizza" in Toronto.

Just a whole lot of fun for those that get nostalgic about FF.

Arnie Roth is a Grammy Award winning conductor, so you can't go wrong with him leading the charge, either.

Mog
Mog
9 years ago

I went to the one in Sydney Australia last year. It is definitely something every final fantasy fan should do.

ZenChichiri
ZenChichiri
9 years ago

It's pretty awesome. I've been once in Vancouver (first tour) and then once in Seoul (second tour). They play scenes from the games that flow seemlessly with the music. Usually they will have special guests. I didn't get to see Nobuo at both of those shows, but the composer for the FFXIII OST was there in Seoul.

I have to say, seeing the Opera from FFVI was like a dream come true. I always imagined how that would play out in a live performance, even while young, so it was quite breathtaking to have that dream come true.

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

I saw a concert similar to this in Detroit a few years back and it was pretty cool.