Florida Orchestra to perform “Final Fantasy VII” video game concerts, cosplay encouraged

Posted on: November 5, 2021

“The Florida Orchestra excels at many things, and way up near the top of the list is the every-so-often marriage of live symphonic music, video technology and pop culture,” writes Bill DeYoung in Monday’s (11/1) St. Pete Catalyst (FL). “A pair of concerts Nov. 20 and 21 will showcase more than 100 musicians, along with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Chamber Singers, performing new arrangements of composer Nobuo Uematsu’s score for the Final Fantasy VII video game series, specifically the newest, Final Fantasy VII Remake. With high-definition video scenes from the new game, created specifically for this show, it’s part of a nationwide tour, with different orchestras in different cities; Arnie Roth conducts. The concerts will take place in the … Mahaffey Theater…. Cosplay is encouraged. The TFO November schedule includes a typically eclectic mix of classical music and pops, including soloist Stefan Jackiw in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto … Vladimir Kulenovic conducting Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and a … concert … with an onstage rock band, joining the orchestra for the combined music of Elton John and Billy Joel.” The Florida Orchestra performs at the Mahaffey (St. Petersburg), Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater), and Straz Center (Tampa).