Symphony Nova Scotia announces Video Games Live for 2015 season

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HALIFAX - The theme songs from Zelda, Halo, Warcarft and other popular video games will be performed by Symphony Nova Scotia musicians during the 2015 season.

Video Games Live performs Tetris in Edmonton in 2007. The show is joining Symphony Nova Scotia's 2015 lineup.

The popular show Video Games Live is coming to Nova Scotia for the first time in its 10-year touring history.

Tickets go on sale Friday for performances at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium March 10 and 11.

“I wanted to prove to the world how culturally significant video games have become, but I also wanted to usher video gamers to the symphony,” video game composer Tommy Tallarico told Metro Wednesday.

The performances feature the symphony and Soundtrax Choir paired with Tallarico rocking his guitar in front, and scenes from popular video games on an enormous screen up above.

“Everyone thought I was crazy,” said the composer of such melodies as Rescuing the Princess and Defeating the Undead. “The thinking was that people who play video games don’t usually go to the symphony, and people who go to the symphony don’t usually play video games.”

But they do.

Symphony Nova Scotia CEO Chris Wilkinson said there were a lot of requests from the public to bring the show to Halifax, and after canvassing Hal-Con they concluded there was sufficient interest.

“We really want to have an offering for as wide and audience as possible,” said Wilkinson. “We hadn’t done it before, but we knew other symphonies had done (the show).”

Tallarico likens his show to Tchaikovsky blasting cannons during the premier of his 1812 Overture.

“If Beethoven were alive today, he’d be a video game composer,” he said.

Organizations: Video Games

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax

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