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January 14, 2005

Symphony Silicon Valley & Square Enix announce “Dear Friends - Music from Final Fantasy”


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

For more information on FINAL FANTASY music, please visit


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 innovation.

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 at

© 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.

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