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Real music, from bleeps and bloops

'Video Games Live' captures an evolution

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Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:00 am

Special to The Explorer

This weekend, people can experience the exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments that have thrilled hundreds of thousands of video game enthusiasts and their families around the world.

Video game music composers and conductors Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall bring the program they created, "Video Games Live," to the Tucson Music Hall this Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. for a TSO Pops! special.

Their crew joins the TSO, and Bruce Chamberlain directing the TSO Chorus, for a program featuring music from Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Final Fantasy®, Warcraft®, Sonic™, Metal Gear Solid®, Kindom Hearts, Tomb Raider®, Harry Potter™ and many more.

A pre-concert festival begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tucson Music Hall. Guests may enter a costume contest, with the winner chosen onstage by crowd response during the show. The Guitar Hero contest tests their skills on a classic rock hit. There are prizes, and after the performance, a meet-and-greet with top game composers and designers.

Video Games Live host Tommy Tallarico is considered the person "most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps and bloops to real music," a release said. Tallarico, an accomplished musician, has been writing music for video games for more than 19 years and was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide. He holds three Guinness World Records, including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games.

With more than 30 game scores to his credit, Jack Wall has built a track record and an international reputation as an A-list composer and music producer in the interactive entertainment sector. His composing credits include Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Dungeon Siege II, Rise of the Kasai and Wrath Unleashed, among others.

The premiere performance of Video Games Live on July 6, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic drew more than 11,000 people, making it the biggest video game concert in the world, a performance USA Today called, "a beautiful debut." The New York Times called an Oct. 27, 2009 presentation of Video Games Live at the Beacon Theater in New York, "a captivating, proudly bombastic show."

MTV says Video Games Live shows "video game music is coming of age," while both the BBC and the Washington Post note the concert shows how the video game industry continues to evolve, not only as entertainment but also as art.

The TSO Pops! Special Video Games Live is supported in part by Cox Communications. Dell Alienware is the U.S. tour sponsor. Media partners are KFMA and KLPX radio, Tucson Newspapers and The Explorer.

Tickets, $22-$67, are available online at, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office located at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue, or by phone at 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.





Video Games Live


Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m.

Tucson Music Hall

Pre-concert festivals, 6 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Tickets, $22-$67, are available online at, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office located at 2175 N. Sixth Avenue, or by phone at 882-8585. TSO Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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