Gametrailers interviewed Arnie Roth, Principal Conductor and Music Director of PLAY! and Jason Hayes (Blizzard Music Composer) among many other game industry’s music composers. For Jason Hayes interviews you should watch GameTrailers video 1 and 3. You may choose Quicktime or Windows Media Player 10. (Digg it).
Media coverage of the world-premiere of PLAY! in Chicago can be found at the following websites.
Watch a full report at GTtv, a look behind the scenes of the PLAY! concert, the autograph session at the Tower Records Chicago and interviews with some of the greatest video game music composers:
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 3, 2006 – PLAY! A Video Game Symphony successfully kicked off in Chicago last week, with fans, legendary composers and world-class musicians gathering for classics, next-gen surprises and special guest performers.
PLAY! A Video Game Symphony is the world’s first and only symphony concert world tour, featuring live music performed by full orchestra and choir. Outstanding graphics on large screens above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the catalogue of blockbuster video games.
It was a night to remember, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Composers Nobuo Uematsu, Koji Kondo, Yasunori Mitsuda, Jeremy Soule, Jason Hayes, Yuzo Koshiro, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Akira Yamaoka, Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori all attended the concert at the Rosemont Theatre.
It also was a night full of surprises, with Nintendo’s Koji Kondo to perform music from “New Super Mario Bros.” live on piano and Akira Yamaoka to play guitar on his music from “Silent Hill”. American/Japanese singer and song writer Angela Aki performed music from the “Final Fantasy”-series, while percussionist Rony Barrak played a major role in “Battlefield” and “Chrono Cross”.
Additional tour dates including ticket information are available at the official PLAY! website at www.play-symphony.com/tickets.php. So far, upcoming PLAY! concerts have been announced for Stockholm, Detroit, Philadelphia, Vienna (Virginia) and Toronto.