Final Symphony arrives in US this summer!

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Get ready as the long-awaited Final Symphony concerts arrive in the US! This summer, Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his fellow musicians will be stopping in the US for 3 heart-stopping orchestral performances that you won’t want to miss! After finishing up their performance in Sweden for Final Symphony II, they will be stopping in San Diego, Baltimore, and San Francisco this July. Enjoy selections and custom arrangements for several of your favorite Final Fantasy series. These concerts will feature music from Final Fantasy VI, X, and VII!

The Final Symphony concert series first began in May 2013, with the premiere performance by the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra at the Historische Stadthalle in Germany, directed by conductor Eckehard Stier. Subsequent performances have been performed in many countries, leading to the digital album release reaching the Top 5 Classical Albums Billboard Charts, and hitting the number 1 spot on the iTunes Classical Charts in multiple countries.

San Diego:
Thursday, July 21st 2016 8:00pm
Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego Symphony
Tickets 

Baltimore:
Saturday, July 23rd 2016 8:00pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Tickets 

San Francisco:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:30pm
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco Symphony
Tickets 

Tickets range from $20-$85. Get yours now at the above links!

For more information, check out the official website!

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The program will open with Jonne Valtonen with Fantasy Overture – Circle within a Circle within a Circle, leading into Roger Wanamo’s arrangement Symphonic Poem (Born with the Gift of Magic) for Final Fantasy VI, which includes pieces from Terra’s Theme, Kefka, Esper World, Battle, and more. This piece focuses on the journey of heroine Terra Branford, as she discovers her identity, fights the villainous Kefka, and learns about her “gift of magic.”

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Then, fall into the world of the popular Final Fantasy X with Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu’s Piano Concerto, featuring pieces such as Besaid, Hymn of the Fayth, Thunder Plains, and Assault. This selection is set to the themes Zanarkand, Inori, and Kessen, as the music brings you from start to finish of our heroes journey in the game. As the arranger for this particular piece, Masashi Hamauzu further fulfills the gaps in his musical vision for original Final Fantasy X. He says, “There were a few things I couldn’t express well enough while I was working originally on the music of FINAL FANTASY X, and I feel like I could express those things this time around.”

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Saving the most infamous for last, Final Fantasy VII will be represented by Jonne Valtonen’s arrangement of Symphony in Three Movements, featuring the Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII, J-E-N-O-V-A, Tifa‘s Theme, and The Great Warrior. Visualize the story from the beginning, from the Nibelheim Incident where apocalyptic devastation raises this small town of origins to the ground, to Words Drowned by Fireworks featuring Cloud’s journey and his emotional and mental conflicts, and ending with The Planet‘s Crisis where the final showdown takes place.

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In addition to the renowned Nobuo Uematsu, featured artists for this series of concerts include composer Masashi Hamauzu, conductor Eckehard Stier, and pianist Katharina Treutler. Masashi Hamauzu himself arranged the musical selections from Final Fantasy X for this concert’s piano concerto. He has arranged internationally performed masterpieces and is also known for his other musical contributions and compositions for FINAL FANTASY X, Unlimited Saga, Sigma Harmonics, the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy, and many more. Eckehard Stier is an internationally acclaimed conductor, directing performances worldwide and drawing most notable praise for his interpretations of works from Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Katharina Treutler has won first place prizes in several international music competitions and performed worldwide in many countries, including Belgium, China, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Poland and Spain. Look forward to an impressive show of talent in the three upcoming performances for Final Symphony!

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