Mark Your Calendar: Video games come to life at this VSO concert

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      I firmly believe that the best classical music composers in the world aren’t to be found at the Bussels’ Ars Musica or writing operas and chamber scores. (Well, some might be.) No, instead, they’ve been snapped up by media juggernauts to soundtrack TV shows, movies, and video games. 

      And the power of video game music is on full display later this month when the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Video Games in Concert, playing orchestral versions of some of the medium’s finest soundtracks on April 17. 

      Joining forces with the Vancouver Bach Choir for dynamic vocals, the night promises to include hits from triple-A titles like Halo, Fallout 4,The Last of Us, and Super Mario Bros, alongside some tracks from indie darlings like Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Supergiant Games’s smash hit Hades

      Kingdom Hearts is also on the program—a video game that mashes up Final Fantasy, Disney, and original characters into a truly baffling romp that’s soundtracked by whimsical music from just about everywhere.

      Conductor Eímear Noone is overseeing the night, and there’s no better pair of hands to wield the baton.

      She’s composed and conducted for games including Overwatch and World of Warcraft; led the orchestra playing on The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Special Orchestra soundtrack CD (which was released with every copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in 2011); and became the first female conductor to lead the Oscars orchestra in—2020?! Jesus, Hollywood. 

      So grab your keyblade and tell Master Chief where to find the princess—it’s time to let the music play. 


      Video Games in Concert

      When: April 17, 8pm

      Where: Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street, Vancouver)

      Admission: From $26.43, available here