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The seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and video gaming have taken another step closer together. It has been announced that Nobou Uematsu’s Aerith’s Theme is to be performed with a new bespoke arrangement as part of this year’s Video Games Lives.
Video Games Lives is a touring concert series that aims to bring video gamers and music fans closer together by presenting symphonic orchestral versions of games music. The experience is enhanced by exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting and other multi-media elements.
The performance of Uematsu’s Aerith’s Theme at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on June 6 will prove to be extra special – the composer found himself at number 16 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame Top 300. Aerith's Theme is part of the soundtrack to the Final Fantasy VII game, and the motif associated with the character recurs throughout the game. There are many versions of this theme including an orchestral version, a piano version, and a vocal version.
Video Games Lives was first performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005 and has since expanded to cities across the US and the world.