Chattanooga Symphony brings together classical music and video games

Posted on: July 12, 2013

In Thursday’s (7/11) Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee), Casey Phillips reports, “Tonight, July 11, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will pull music from dozens of popular gaming franchises for Video Games Live, a concert experience combining the power and presence of an orchestra and choir with an over-the-top, interactive audio/visual spectacle. …, the CSO will draw on 120 full songs and medleys culled from games such as ‘God of War,’ ‘Tomb Raider,’ ‘Final Fantasy,’ Civilization’ and ‘BioShock.’ … Millions of dollars of lighting equipment and video screens will display synchronized visual effects and gameplay footage, and the audience will be able to use texting and social media to shape the set list, says VGL creator Tommy Tallarico. … He developed the concept of Video Games Live in 2002, but it was three years before its public debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to an audience of 11,000 at the Hollywood Bowl. … Tallarico says video games and symphonies are more natural bedfellows than the hard-core proponents of either might assume, and Video Games Live is cross-pollinating both art forms, introducing new audiences to gaming and to classical music equally.”

Posted July 12, 2013