ARTICLES | May 13th, 2008
Video Games Live is Heading to Scotland With Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Halo and others

Video Games Live, the world famous video game concert, will be brought to Scotland for the first time on Thursday, June 26th by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

This celebration of the video game industry features music from the biggest video games of all time including international favourites such as Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Warcraft and Sonic performed by the RSNO and accompanied by exclusive video footage, synchronised lighting and interactive segments.

A dream combination for gaming fans of all ages, retro classics like Pong, Donkey Kong and Tetris will be performed by the RSNO alongside modern classics.

In association with stv, Video Games Live is presented and conducted by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, two of the most well-known figures in video games soundtrack composition, whose works include soundtracks to The Prince of Persia, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Spider-Man, Advent Rising and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. It has received international acclaim and this exclusive performance in Scotland promises to be the highlight of the year for gamers and music fans alike.

Described as bringing together the excitement and energy of a rock concert with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined with technology, interactivity, stunning visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special interactive segments this concert is sure to overwhelm both gamers and non-gamers alike.

Those attending the concert are invited to don their favourite costumes and get set for a night of unrivalled gaming action. Past performances have welcomed everyone from Sonic and Mario through to Lara Croft and Donkey Kong and organisers are predicting some spectacular and peculiar sights outside the Royal Concert Hall on the night of the performance.

Simon Woods, Chief Executive of the RSNO, said: Video Games Live is a breathtaking event both sonically and visually, and the power of the RSNO will really bring it to life. We are very pleased to bring this major production to Scotland for the first time. Symphonic music is pushing at its traditional boundaries and Video Games Live is a fascinating step on the journey, as well as being a phenomenally entertaining evening.

The RSNO will be joined by the RSNO chorus for the performance as well as video footage, synchronised laser lighting, electronic percussionists and state of the art special effects. The concert will showcase music from some of the most recognisable video games of all time including nostalgic retro arcade classics from the 1970s and 80s.

Video Games Live presenter and co-creator Tommy Tallarico: It’s a great honour for us to be performing the very first video game concert ever in Scotland and to be playing with such a prestigious and talented orchestra in one of the finest concert halls in Europe will make it that much better.

Video Games Live is part of a three-concert festival called orchestra+ which will see the RSNO delve into the 21st century for inspiration and theme and will open the genre of classical music up to a whole new audience.

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