Utah Symphony to End Summer With VIDEO GAMES LIVE Concerts, 9/6
Transport yourself into the world of 8-bit and CGI with music straight from the world of computer and video games in Video Games Live. The Utah Symphony hosts two spectacular performances on Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Abravanel Hall with Emmanuel Fratianni conducting.
Generating sold-out halls all over the nation, this phenomenon is returning to Salt Lake City with a new show presented with community partner, Salt Lake Comic Con during the second annual convention occurring that same weekend. Take a musical voyage from the genesis of gaming to the best of current favorites.
Local composer Chance Thomas' original composition, "Theme for Rohan" from the Lord of the Rings Online will be premiered, with Mr. Thomas guest conducting during both shows. Mr. Thomas is from Bountiful and has recorded this music for Lord of the Rings Online with the Utah Film Orchestra and Salt Lake Choral Artists.
The show will also include new segments from Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, Tetris, Mass Effect, and Mega Man. The Utah Symphony will perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience.
It's sure to be the culminating event during this week of fantasy in Salt Lake City that includes the 2nd annual Salt Lake Comic Con and the Magic: The Game Grand Prix competition.
Utah Symphony is holding a Facebook contest to win a pair of premium seats to the Video Games Live concert on September 6 and a Video Games Live digital prize package which includes artwork from Earthworm Jim, a score from BioShock, a Tron Light Cycle Blueprint, Video Games Live music and more for a total grand prize value of $420! Simply "like" our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/utahsymphony) and leave a comment with your favorite video game on the contest announcement post. More details and contest rules are found here: www.utahsymphony.org/contest.
One hour prior to each concert, audiences can show off their Guitar Hero skills in a competition-the winner will play on stage with the symphony! Also, there will be a costume contest with the winner selected from the stage just prior to the concert. After the concert, stick around for the meet and greet reception with game industry VIPs.
Primary Children's Hospital will be hosting "Extra Life," a 24-hour gaming fundraiser for children battling disease and illness. Participants can sign up for the October 25th fundraiser in the lobby of Abravanel Hall during Video Games Live. There will also be an area for donations set up for those that want to contribute but may not have the gaming skills needed to play for 24 hours. For more information, or to donate, visit www.extra-life.org.
Single tickets for the performance start at $18 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (125 W. South Temple) or online by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Tickets for patrons ages 30 or younger are available for $10 each through the USUO Upbeat program. Season subscribers can purchase discounted tickets by contacting (801) 533-6683. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.
GUEST ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
Cadence is the Select Choir from the Horne School of Music at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. The group is made up of 36 singers, most of whom are vocal music majors in the college's Bachelor of Music program. Directed from its inception by Dr. Steve Meredith, the group sings a remarkably diverse repertoire each year, ranging from Renaissance music to classic rock, and does so with authenticity. Because of this flexibility, the group has been invited to perform at numerous state, regional and national events, and in numerous professional capacities, including the recent Star Wars Live and Josh Groban tours, and performances of Video Games Live at venues throughout the western US. The current members of Cadence are excited to be invited to perform VGL with the Utah Symphony for the third time, and are glad to welcome back several alumni for tonight's appearance. They also wish to thank Mr. Tommy Tallarico and the producers of this event for the great opportunity.
Awarded a visiting artist visa by the United States in 2000, Emmanuel Fratianni arrived in Los Angeles to become a sought after conductor, composer, pianist and music team member in the Hollywood film, television, music and video game industries as well as the concert world. An award-winning composer, his work has been performed by some of the finest and most recorded orchestras in the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the U.S. Emmanuel Fratianni has guest conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, as well as the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall. Around the world he has guest conducted orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Symphony, The Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in Asia the Beijing Opera and Performing Art Orchestra. Emmanuel is currently principal conductor and music director of the acclaimed international symphonic tour Video Games Live. Emmanuel's debut on the Billboard Top-Ten in 2008 with EMI Classics Video Games Live, Vol.1 soundtrack album (as composer, conductor, and orchestrator) cemented his status in the classical/crossover orchestral world. His numerous awards and credits as a composer and collaborator include "Soundtrack of the Year" by Play Magazine for the score to Advent Rising, one GANG Award and five GANG Nominations.
Dr. Steve Meredith
Steve Meredith is the director of the Horne School of Music at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah where he also serves as the Director of Choral Activities. Under his leadership, the music program obtained the first 4-year degree in the history of Snow College: a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music. As a speaker and clinician, Dr. Meredith is much in demand, particularly for his unique insights into the future of music education at the college/university level. A noted vocal soloist, Dr. Meredith's 30-year career has taken him to some of the world's greatest venues, where he has performed as a soloist with many notable conductors and ensembles, including numerous stints as a soloist with the Utah Symphony. Equally at home in the recording studio, his voice has been featured in many films, TV shows and other national and regional commercial projects. He is currently working on a music library project for EMH Classical Music and Warner/Chapell Music.