Distant Worlds: Music from 'Final Fantasy'

The Houston Symphony will perform the music of Final Fantasy

The official symphony concert world-tour Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy comes to Jones Hall (3910 Yoakum Blvd.) in downtown Houston on Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Launched in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of fantasy role-playing video game Final Fantasy, this concert tour features the music of Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu and is conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth. This multimedia experience combines stirring screen images to match the soaring emotions of a symphony orchestra performing music from developer Square Enix’s world-renowned Final Fantasy video game series.

Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, among others around the world.

He is also well known in the world of video game music. Roth was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses.

Classically trained musician Susan Calloway will join as an exciting addition to her career as an award winning pop singer and songwriter. Calloway’s commanding voice first caught the attention of Roth and Uematsu a few years ago. Strongly believing that her vocals would compliment “Distant Worlds I: Music from Final Fantasy,” Calloway performed “Memora De La Stona “ on their first audio CD. She has gone on to be featured on two additional Distant Worlds CD’s produced by Roth, performing “Melodies of Life,” “Suteki Da Ne,” “Answers,” and “Kiss Me Goodbye.”

Susan’s first video game feature for Final Fantasy came a few years ago when Nobuo himself asked Susan to sing his new theme song for Final Fantasy XIV.

Tickets are $30-$115 and can be purchased online at houstonsymphony.org.