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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Zelda, Halo, BioShock get Symphony Orchestra Treatment at Video Games Live in SF

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 3:13 PM


Still pissed that video games aren't taken seriously? Mad that Nobuo Uematsu's work on the Final Fantasy series doesn't earn as many Best Score awards as Philip Glass does? Well cheer up, you mopey bastard. Video Games Live comes to SF this Friday, Feb. 22, with classy, full-symphony-orchestra treatments for some of the most impressive games ever. And not just any orchestra. We're talking the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. Click "More" for everything you need to know. -- ASD Staff Report


Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Choir to Perform

Meet & Greet Includes 30 Game Composers, Designers and Talent From Popular Franchises Including Halo, Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Myst, Kingdom Hearts, Metroid Prime, Mass Effect, Guitar Hero, BioShock, Gears of War, Crysis, Sonic, Special Guests from Japan and Many More!

Creator of the Video Game Ralph Baer to be Honored as Special Guest

Film Composer John Debney to Make Video Game Conducting Debut With an Exclusive Arrangement From His Award-Winning Score From Lair

SAN FRANCISCO, CA February 20, 2008 Video Games Live announces its special guests for the annual Game Developers Conference performance taking place at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Friday, February 22nd.Tickets are currently still available for this special performance at Created and produced by renowned video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, Video Games Live features music from the most popular video games performed by top orchestras and choirs around the world, combining exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. This marks the 3rd year that the Game Developers Conference has proudly presented Video Games Live.

To commemorate the event, Video Games Live is once again pulling out all the stops. Video Games Live will be utilizing the legendary Skywalker Symphony Orchestra and Choir which has recorded with the likes of film composing great John Williams. Making a special guest conductor appearance and his live video game conducting debut is award-winning film composer John Debney (Passion of the Christ, Sin City). Debney will be performing an exclusive arrangement from his award winning soundtrack Lair. John worked with creators Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall to create this very special and unique segment. Other new arrangements to the GDC performance include Halo 3, BioShock, Mass Effect, StarCraft II, Chrono Cross, OutRun and other surprises including special guests from Japan.

Over 30 top game composers, designers and talent from around the world will take part in the Post Show Meet & Greet which is open and FREE to all ticket holders. Highlights include Halo composer Marty ODonnell, Warcraft composers Russell Brower and Jason Hayes, game composing legends Chris Huelsbeck & Inon Zur, BioShock composer Garry Schyman and many more. Honored on stage will be special guest Ralph Baer (inventor of the video game) who will also be appearring in the Post-Show Meet & Greet.

The popular Pre-Show Festival includes various game competitions which include Space Invaders on a customized Dream Authentics arcade cabinet. Other Pre-Show Festivities include an acoustic lobby performance by Jonathan Mann (creator of the Mario Opera) performing his most popular Nintendo folk songs and a costume contest where audience members will come dressed as their favorite video game characters. Finalists to be judged on stage by the audience. Partnering with Video Games Live to help promote the show is comic book pop-culture convention WonderCon and cutting-edge educational facility Expressions College for Digital Arts.

A brand new section of seating has just been opened and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations or online at Tickets for the event range from $38.50 to $65. Show starts at 8PM. For more information, visit:

The Post-Show Meet and Greet, where fans can interact with renowned game composers, designers, performers and talent will take pl ace in the lobby directly after the event with more than 30 industry luminaries, including:


Tommy Tallarico

(Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, Aladdin, Cool Spot, Spider-Man, Time Crisis, MDK, Unreal 2 & Tournament, Blood Rayne, The Terminator, NFL Blitz, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man World, Knockout Kings, Madden Football, Twisted Metal)

Jack Wall

(Myst III, Myst IV, Mass Effect, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire)

Marty O'Donnell

(Composer - Halo, Halo 2 & Halo 3)

John Debney

(Movies: Passion of the Christ, Sin City, Chicken Little, Bruce Almighty, Elf, Spy Kids, The Ant Bully, Scorpion King, Jimmy Neutron. Games: Lair)

Chris Huelsbeck

(Lair, Star Wars: Rebel Strike, Star Wars: Rogue Leader; Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Turrican Series, Jim Power, Apidya, The Great Giana Sisters)

Gary Schyman

(BioShock, Destroy All Humans 1 & 2)

Tom Salta

(Tom Clancys Ghost Recon, Red Steel, Need For Speed 2, Cold Fear)

Brian Schmidt

(Madden Football, Desert Strike, Program Manager for Xbox audio)

Russell Brower

(Audio Director - World of Warcraft)

Richard Jacques

(Mass Effect, The Club, Conflict: Denied Ops, Pursuit Force, Battlestations: Midway, Headhunter Redemption, Jet Set Radio Future, Sonic R, Headhunter, Jet Set Radio, Outrun 2, Sonic 3D, Starship Troopers)

Mike Reagan

(God of War, Conan, Darkwatch, Van Helsing, Twisted Metal: Black, Return to Zork)

Christopher Tin

(Civilization IV, Sid Meier's Railroads)

Jason Hayes

(World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3, StarCraft, Diablo II)

Inon Zur

(Crysis, Prince of Persia: Two Thrones, EverQuest, SOCOM 2)

Kyle Johnson

(Guitar Hero 3, Dragonball Z, Budokai Tenkaichi 2, The Sims 2 (DS/GBA), Burnout Legends (DS), Eragon (DS)

John "Bunny" Knutson

(Guitar Hero 3)

Christian Schilling

(Senior Sound Designer on CRYSIS, Additional music composer for DanceDanceRevolution)

Tomas Neumann

(Senior Audio Programmer on CRYSIS)

Spencer Nilsen

(Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic CD, Batman Returns, Daytona USA)

Will Littlejohn

(Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution, BladeRunner, Guitar Hero II)

Rudolf Stember

(Star Wars: Rebel Strike, Star Wars: Rogue Leader; Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Indiana Jones, Turrican)


Ralph Baer

(Considered the inventor and father of video games, the Brown Box, Odyssey, Combat, Simon)

Louis Castle

(Cofounder Westwood Studios, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II, Command and Conquer, Blade Runner)

Thomas Engel

(Star Wars: Rebel Strike, Star Wars:Rogue Leader; Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Indiana Jones, Turrican)

Julian Eggebrecht

(Star Wars: Rebel Strike, Star Wars:Rogue Leader; Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Indiana Jones, Turrican)

Vince Desi

(Postal series, SPY vs SPY C64/Apple II, Ghostbusters, C64/PC)


Martin Leung

(The Video Game Pianist)

Dee Baker

(Halo 2 & 3, Final Fantasy X-2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, The Darkness, Spore, Teen Titans (TV), Viewtiful Joe, EverQuest II, Doom 3, Tales of Symphonia, Arc the Lad, Avatar (TV)


Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

(Professional E-Sports Player - 12-time World Champion

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