Phoenix Symphony’s first video-game concert aims for broader audience

Posted on: June 4, 2015

“You may not know any of the composers featured in the Phoenix Symphony’s final concert of the season, but it’s a good bet some of their titles will ring a bell, including ‘Final Fantasy,’ ‘Mass Effect,’ ‘Halo’ and ‘Castlevania,’ “ writes Kerry Lengel in Sunday’s (5/31) Arizona Republic. “Digitally animated wizards, vampires and space warriors are invading Symphony Hall in ‘rePLAY—A Video Game Symphony of Heroes.’… The pair of concerts Saturday, June 6, will be the Phoenix Symphony’s first foray into video-game music.… ‘Doing this one-off kind of thing is not necessarily going to convert anybody [into a fan of Mahler or Stravinsky],’ says maestro Tito Muñoz, who’s wrapping up his first season as music director for the orchestra…. But Muñoz says he can imagine a time when it … becomes part of the symphony’s ‘classics’ season as well…. ‘The level of music [in video-game scores] has actually gone quite high. At what point did opera overtures become classical music? … Opera music is theater music, and our theater now is the movies, our theater now is video games….. I think one day the ‘Star Wars’ main title is going to be that overture. That’s what I hope.’ ”

Posted June 4, 2015

The Phoenix Symphony’s “rePLAY” concert on Sunday will feature music from video games including “Final Fantasy” (pictured). Photo: Jason Michael Paul Productions