CAPA and Attila Glatz Concert Productions present "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy," the international concert phenomenon featuring Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu’s stirring music from the award-winning, role-playing video game, Final Fantasy. The program will be conducted by Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth with composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance, and feature powerful selections from 25 years of Final Fantasy music. A unique multimedia feast for the eyes and ears, Distant Worlds combines more than 100 symphony musicians, a choir, and renowned vocal and instrumental soloists with breathtaking, exclusive HD video direct from the Final Fantasy game developers Square Enix.
Special Note: Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth will be the featured soloists with Nobuo Uematsu on organ and Arnie Roth on violin in “Final Fantasy VI: Dark World.”
CAPA presents “Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy” at 3pm on Saturday, August 25, at the Ohio Theatre (55 E. State St.). Tickets are $38-$78 (VIP tickets are available for $153/each and include premium seating and a post-show meet and greet with the conductor and composer) at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
Composer Nobuo Uematsu's music, hailed by Time Magazine for "...imbuing Final Fantasy games with grandeur and depth, much the way John Williams' score helped propel Star Wars into hyperspace," is sweeping and richly atmospheric. Originally created to enhance the experience of one of the best-selling video game franchises in history, the compositions have garnered legions of fans of their own.
"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," said Music Director and Executive Producer Arnie Roth, who has held the baton for all Final Fantasy concerts in North America and Europe, including those featuring the San Francisco Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. "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."