Like with any good film, the soundtrack to a video game has the ability to elevate the player’s experience to a whole new level, making epic moment all the more exciting and adding an extra kick to emotional scenes. rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes is a celebration of that music, a concert series soon to kick off in the US this year.
Originally known as Play! A Video Game Symphony, replay continues the tradition of celebrating video game art and music in the form of a live performance, featuring tunes from loads of memorable moments in some of the most beloved games in gaming history, including Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, Final Fantasy, God of War, Metal Gear Solid, etc.
rePLAY will begin its North American tour at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on April 19 and then hit several big locations around the country over the course of the next several months. For a full rundown of locations or to buy tickets, visit the concerts official site.
“The event will highlight scores representing some of the best music that games have to offer, from PC to console, indie to AAA, and classic to modern,” reads the concert series’ official announcement. “There is an all new arrangement of music from BioShock, created specifically for rePLAY in collaboration with the music’s original composer, Garry Schyman. The Chinese Room’s hit indie game title Dear Esther also plays a large part in the show, featuring music from renowned composer Jessica Curry, narration by actor Nigel Carrington, and HD video from the game.”
There will also be a new arrangement of “The Turret Opera,” one of my favorite songs from Portal 2, created with the assistance of Valve resident composer, Mike Morasky. In other words, it’s going to be a pretty special show featuring music from games we all know and love.
“We are thrilled to debut this new concert series at the amazing Mahaffey Theater this spring,” said Jason Michael Paul, CEO of Jason Michael Paul Productions, which is producing the tour. “This is a truly unforgettable event with entertainment that appeals to a wide audience, from gamers and music fans who want to enjoy music from the best-selling video games of all time, to other who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
If you happen to cruise by the website and notice there isn’t a location near you currently scheduled, be sure to check back from time to time, as Paul promises additional shows will be announced soon.
I had the opportunity to check out a similar concert series a couple of years back and can vouch for how memorable these types of experiences are. Hearing your favorite games music played live is a pretty amazing experience, and an opportunity that doesn’t pop up frequently enough. Just some food for thought.