Distant Worlds: 25 Years of Final Fantasy Music

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December 7, 2012 by timsaulnier

DW1106 0799(1)You’ve more than likely seen a number of Distant Worlds advertisements over the past few years and quite a few on Facebook. If not, here’s some much needed video game music education. Distant Worlds is a touring show consisting of a symphony orchestra, conducted by Arnie Roth, performing the music of Nobuo Uematsu: the phenomenal composer behind the Final Fantasy series. The music in these games is tremendous, and it’s no wonder that these concerts have been performed to sold out audiences all over the world. If you are a fan of fantasy RPGs and the incredible music accompanying them, consider this the concert of concerts.

These incredible performances, averaging two hours in length, feature stunning HD video and images from the games. Uematsu is heavily involved in the project, focusing on arrangements of his earlier work and sprucing up his arrangements with a few pieces from XI and XIII. As a whole, this makes for a fantastic night of memorable music.

This week is particularly exciting for the concert series, as Final Fantasy is celebrating 25 years as a franchise. In celebration, Square Enix has officially dubbed this Friday’s Distant Worlds performance in Chicago as the official anniversary concert. Also worth mentioning is the fact that Nobuo Uematsu is in attendance at these performances, and meet and greet passes are available in limited quantities for reasonable prices.

For video game music lovers, Uematsu is among the most revered industry idols. Distant Worlds tours all over the globe, which has featured several guest soloists and Nobuo Uematsu’s band, The Black Mages.

Stephanie Kerr, event director, is proud to report that GamerCheese will be present among the 2,800 in attendance at the sold out event in Montréal, Canada this Saturday. We will be providing coverage on the experience through the weekend. Check back for more on Distant Worlds!

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