January 14, 2005
Symphony Silicon Valley & Square Enix announce “Dear Friends - Music from Final
“DEAR FRIENDS - MUSIC FROM FINAL
FANTASY-” CONCERT TOUR
COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO ON MONDAY MARCH 7, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Square Enix announced today that the FINAL FANTASY® symphony concert
tour will come to San Francisco on Monday, March 7, 2005 at 7:30 PM at the Masonic
Auditorium on Nob Hill. The concert, to be performed by Symphony Silicon Valley
and the San Jose State University Chorale, is the second in a series of long-awaited
concerts in North America featuring award-winning music from Square Enix’s
world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series. Video footage from the games
will accompany some of the pieces during the performance.
“ I am thrilled and honored to extend the concert series
to San Francisco,” said series composer Nobuo Uematsu. “I’m
looking forward to sharing the moments with those who love the music and games
of FINAL FANTASY.”
“Symphony Silicon Valley is excited about using this opportunity
to perform a modern score to a new young audience. The expansive range of a
symphony orchestra is shown in good light with this program.” Stated Symphony
President Andrew Bales. “Our musicians will once again experience a concert
audience frenzy that Mozart had in his day. We could not be more pleased to
perform FINAL FANTASY.”
The 2-hour program produced by Uematsu will be conducted by Grammy
award winning Arnie Roth, who is also conducting the tour premiere at the Rosemont
Theater in Chicago on February 19, 2005. The chorus performs under the direction
of Elena Sharkova. VIP tickets will be available for this performance, offering
fans a meet and greet opportunity with Uematsu.
This concert is presented by Jason Michael Paul Productions.
The Game Developers Conference will be hosting Mr. Uematsu as a speaker during GDC.. GDCis the official trade
event "by game developers for developers" of computer, console, mobile,
arcade, online games, and location based entertainment.
Tickets for the March 7 concert go onsale to the public Friday,
January 21 at the Masonic Auditorium box office located at 1111 California Street
(@ Taylor), by telephone at 415-292-9191, or online at www.masonicauditorium.com.
For more information on FINAL FANTASY music, please visit http://www.square-enix.com/uematsu/concert/index.html.
About FINAL FANTASY
FINAL FANTASY is one of the best-selling video game franchises
in the world, with more than 60 million units sold worldwide. Created by Hironobu
Sakaguchi, the first FINAL FANTASY was released in 1987 in Japan and 1990 in
North America. Spanning multiple platforms, the long-running series has introduced
the world of cinematic role-playing games (RPGs) to millions of gamers around
the world. FINAL FANTASY XI, the first online title in the series, offers a
persistent experience in a brand new universe that contains the award-winning
visual content, innovative gameplay, and deep storyline that have become the
series’ hallmark. It is also the first cross-platform and cross-continent
massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG); players from around the globe are
connected to the same world regardless of whether they are using the PlayStation®
2 computer entertainment system or a personal computer.
About Symphony Silicon Valley
Symphony Silicon Valley is America’s newest symphony with
over 1500 years of professional musician experience. Though founded in 2002,
this 75-member ensemble is heir to San Jose’s century-long classical music
heritage. The symphony presents a full season of classical music concerts with
guest conductors and soloists. Audiences experience the entire range of classical
music fare with guest conductors who bring the best interpretation to each program.
Symphony Silicon Valley is regularly reviewed as among the finest orchestras
in our region. Its performing home is the acoustically excellent California
Theatre. The California is a recently restored 1100-seat movie palace whose
conversion to a concert hall has been called “one of the most important
additions to classical music (in the Bay Area).”
About Arnie Roth
Arnie Roth is a Grammy winning artist known for his work with
performers including Diana Ross, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, Art Garfunkel
and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the National
Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, the Dallas
Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the BBC Symphony and Ravinia Festival Orchestra.
Roth has produced dozens of best-selling CDs.
About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.
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 brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises –
FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 60 million units worldwide, and DRAGON
QUEST™, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide – under one
roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment
content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and
Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Enix
Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. It handles operations
in North America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing
of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet
© 2004 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved.
FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. SQUARE ENIX
is a trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. PlayStation and the “PS”
Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.