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The #1 touring game concert in the world returns to Halifax with an all-new program! Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents Video Game Live, an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. This “captivating, proudly bombastic show” (New York Times) combines full orchestra and choir, synchronized video and lighting, state-of-the-art special effects, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
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About the Music
What is Video Games Live?
Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced, and hosted by well known game industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico, top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, well known internet solo performers, electronic percussion, live action, and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including a pre-show experience where guests can enjoy a costume contest, Guitar Hero competition, prize giveaways, and interactive game demos. Post-show event includes the very popular meet-and-greet with top game composers and designers. All pre and post show events are open to all ticket holders.
The best way to describe Video Games Live? Picture the energy and excitement of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals, and fun that only video games can provide. Completely synchronized cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special effects, stage show production, and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience dazzle crowds of all ages – gamers and non-gamers alike.
This is a concert event put on by the video game industry to help encourage and support the culture and art that video games have become. Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. The show is heralded and enjoyed by the entire family.
If you or someone you know is into video games, you won’t want to miss this highly acclaimed one-of-a-kind concert experience. Or maybe you are looking for something cultural and exciting that the whole family will enjoy? Video Games Live is not just a concert, but a celebration of the entire video game industry that people of all ages will adore.
Whether it’s the power and passion of the more recent blockbusters or the excitement of remembering the sentimental classics you played growing up, Video Games Live will truly be a special night to remember. Meet and bond with new friends as you help to celebrate a pastime which has truly evolved into our culture. Even if you have never played a video game, you’ve never heard or seen an orchestral performance quite like this.
Achievements & Accomplishments
Incorporated in 2002, Video Games Live is the first and most successful video game touring concert in the world having performed over 250 shows in 25 countries on 5 continents. Over 11,000 people were present for the debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic and since then over 1 million people have experienced the show live.
Video Games Live has released 3 albums worldwide (all of which debuted in the Billboard Top 10) as well as an award winning full length feature DVD/Blu-Ray. In 2010 the show aired nationally on PBS and quickly became one of the top rated PBS Specials of all time. With hundreds of ticket buyer reviews on Ticketmaster.com, Video Games Live boasts a 4.6 out of 5 rating. Inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest and longest running game concert in the world, Video Games Live continues to break new ground and thrill audiences worldwide with brand new content each year.
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About the Artists
TOMMY TALLARICO, CREATOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / HOST / GUITAR
Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by tens of millions of fans. As a well-recognized on-air television personality, live performer, and composer, Tommy brings his in-depth knowledge, years of experience, and love of cutting edge multimedia and video games to the masses. Tommy has worked in the gaming industry as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, games tester, and heads of both music and video departments.
An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 23 years. He has won over 50 industry awards and has worked on more than 300 game titles; to date, they total sales of more than 100 million units and over four billion dollars in revenue. No one in the history of the video game industry has ever worked on more titles and projects. In 2008, he was enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with a two page feature article and interview and currently holds three Guinness World Records including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games. In 2012 during the Game Developers Conference he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and is also in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for his contributions to the game industry. In 1994, he founded Tommy Tallarico Studios, the multimedia industry’s largest audio production house.
In video games, television, film, radio, soundtracks, toys, and even on floats in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade in Pasadena C.A., Tallarico’s music has been heard by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Tommy is a cousin of rock star legend Steven Tyler (nee Tallarico) and in 2002 Tallarico’s music was used as the opening song for Aerosmith’s “Girls of Summer” world tour. His top titles include Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Disney’s Aladdin, Spider-Man and Metroid Prime as well as top selling popular game franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Madden Football, Mortal Kombat, Time Crisis, Unreal, Lineage, James Bond, Blitz Football, Knockout Kings, Test Drive, Scooby Doo, WWE & Twisted Metal. His score for Advent Rising has been noted as “one of the greatest musical scores of all time” by websites such as Yahoo, Gamespot and others.
In 2002, Tallarico created the critically acclaimed Video Games Live (videogameslive.com), an immersive, audio and video concert experience celebrating video games. Video Games Live features music from the greatest video games performed by top orchestras and choirs around the world combined with synchronized video footage, lasers, lights, special effects, interactivity, and live action to create an explosive and unique one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Video Games Live is the first and most successful video game touring concert in the world having performed over 250 shows in 25 countries on five continents. The debut performance was launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with the L.A. Philharmonic. Over 11,000 people attended making it the biggest video game concert in the world at that time (since then they have performed to over 40,000 people in places like Taiwan and China). There are currently over 30,000 unique videos of Video Games Live performances on YouTube which total over 100 million views. Sponsored and endorsed by some of the top corporations in the world, the Video Games Live concert event continues to tour the world, break new ground, and thrill audiences worldwide with brand new content each year.
Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide (Tommy Tallarico’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Capitol Records). He has released over ten video game soundtrack albums since, including the highly acclaimed James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies, MDK and award-winning Advent Rising and Earthworm Jim Anthology. Tommy was one of the first musicians to ever use live guitar and 3D audio in a video game (The Terminator), and was instrumental in bringing true digital interactive multi-channel 5.1 surround to the gaming world. He has written, produced, performed, and recorded with a wide range of talented musicians including the L.A. Philharmonic, Hollywood Studio Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, the English National Ballet, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the National Taiwan Symphony, the Budapest Chamber Choir, the band “Fear Factory”, composer/DJ/artist BT, and guitarists Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai. Tommy continues to work with a plethora of Grammy and Academy Award winning producers and engineers. He has performed and sold out shows on the biggest and most prestigious stages in the world including London’s Royal Festival Hall and Hammersmith Apollo, the Olympic Park Stadium in Korea, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., WolfTrap, Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Pan-Chiao Stadium in Taipei, the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and multiple shows at the Hollywood Bowl attended by tens of thousands of fans.
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