The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra has a proud tradition of bringing stunning classical performances to Doha. Look at the list of 2015/16 and iconic names jump out. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, the Super Mario Brothe... wait, what?
You read that right. On Friday March 4, at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the orchestra will perform some of the best known music of video gaming with touring performer Tommy Tallarico.
Video Games Live is a multimedia show that combines orchestral performance, rock concert-style lighting, video screens and good old nostalgia to bring the familiar sounds of games such as Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Frogger, Space Invaders, Assassin’s Creed series and even retro hits such as Tetris or Donkey Kong.
The award-winning show has received rave reviews around the world and is likely to appeal to gamers (at least the ones who don’t automatically turn off in-game music), but also classical music aficionados wanting to experience a more contemporary variety of their favourite genre.
The 2016 world tour takes in America, Mexico, Malaysia, England, China, Germany, Spain and more with video game industry veteran Tallarico collaborating with local orchestras in each location.
Don’t just expect low-fi bleeping and annoying melodies. Anybody who has ever fallen into a trance with the repetitive tones of the Tetris theme running through their mind will know that video game music can be insanely addictive, but there is a musical relevance to the performance as well.
Under the skilled direction of the QPO, the sounds of gaming, music associated with the epic scale of war, redemption, exploration or merely getting an animated frog across a busy road have never sounded so, well, orchestral.
QR150-500. Fri Mar 4, 8pm. Qatar National Convention Centre, Al Gharafa, www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org.
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