Square Enix U.S.A. has announced that they will present the first FINAL FANTASY symphony concert in the U.S. to be performed by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The event will take place on May 10, 2004, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and will feature music from the FINAL FANTASY videogame series. The concert will be running in the week of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), the largest interactive entertainment trade show in the U.S.
"I am overjoyed about the FINAL FANTASY concert to be held in Los Angeles," said series composer Nobuo Uematsu. "With this being the first FINAL FANTASY orchestral concert outside of Japan, it marks a very exciting moment in the history of the franchise. I am looking forward to seeing our fans at the concert in May."
"FINAL FANTASY's award-winning scores have captivated gamers worldwide and now we have an opportunity to share some of the series' most memorable melodies with our fans and concertgoers for the first time in the U.S.," said Jun Iwasaki, president/ceo, Square Enix U.S.A. "We are thrilled to bring this event to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The audience will be able to experience the emotionally-moving and powerful scores that have made melodies of FINAL FANTASY the finest in games."
The first FINAL FANTASY concert was held in Japan in February 2002, performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by famed conductor Taizo Takemoto (New Japan Philharmonic), the sold-out concert was held at the Tokyo International Forum with more than 5,000 guests. Building upon the success of the first concert, Square Enix recently announced a six-city, seven-show concert series titled "Tour de Japon -- music from FINAL FANTASY--," which will be held this coming March and April in Japan.
FINAL FANTASY is one of the best-selling videogame franchises in the world, with more than 48 million units sold worldwide. Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the first FINAL FANTASY was released in 1987 in Japan and 1990 in North America.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, handles operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information can be found at http://www.square-enix-usa.com.