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8 Best Touring Video Game Orchestras

Music in games can truly transform an experience. From sweeping overtures to character-specific themes, a game’s musicality can elevate it to new heights. Depending on the type of game you’re playing, the music can be anything light and goofy. Or, if emotions are heightened, it could be exciting and emotional. Either way, it should be memorable.

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It’s no surprise that over the years there have been a number of concerts celebrating the best in video game music. Some are still on tour, while others have taken a break or even stopped touring altogether. While some concerts focus on a specific series or game, others take a broader approach and feature music from a selection of well-known and exciting games. If you’re looking to have an intimate evening with some of the best game music, some of these orchestras are still on tour, and if you prefer a quiet evening at home, many of them can be heard online, including those who are not. don’t travel anymore.

8 A New World: Intimate Final Fantasy Music


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The Final Fantasy series is no stranger to beautiful and epic music. From grand and thrilling battle themes to tracks that will elicit the strongest emotions, the series has had music from one extreme to the other. A New World takes the best bits from various games throughout more than thirty years of the Final Fantasy catalog and combines them into a moving orchestral concert. This is an intimate performance on a smaller scale, and it’s arranged by Arnie Roth and Eric Roth of AWR Music Productions – both of whom are highly respected international bandleaders.

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seven The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses


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Although it hasn’t been performed recently, Symphony of the Goddesses is known for its commitment to the Legend of Zelda series. It features music from favorite Zelda games like A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Wind Waker.

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The concert was initially just to promote the 25th anniversary of the series, but would later continue for several seasons or quests, the third being titled “Master Quest”. The orchestra would continue to tour continuously until 2018. Despite its lack of presence in recent years, you can still listen to the concert online.


6 Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions


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As you probably know, Pokemon is a series of games where the goal is to catch them all. If you’re a Pokedex finalist, you know how long such a feat can take. Having good background tracks is key, and thankfully the Pokemon series delivers. From 2014 to 2017, a concert series called Symphonic Evolutions was held to celebrate the best Pokemon music from games and anime. The concerts always ended with an encore of the Gotta Catch ’em All theme song.

5 Assassin’s Creed Symphony World Tour


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The Assassin’s Creed series has been hugely popular for years. It’s a series that delves into the history of various civilizations across time and space, and it’s no wonder fans have fallen in love with not only the richness of stories and characters, but also his music. The Assassin’s Creed Symphony World Tour includes an 80-piece symphony and live choir. Like many game gigs, it features game footage that simultaneously plays with the company. During their concerts, more than a hundred songs are played through 10 different games.


4 The 8-Bit Big Band


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If you’re looking for something a little different, The 8-Bit Big Band is a jazz and pop band that plays their own versions of some of the most popular game tunes. They take favorites and tweak them to reinvent them into something fresh and exciting. From Mario 64 to Katamari Damacy to Earthbound, there’s something for everyone. While it doesn’t sound exactly like the original game versions, it injects an extra layer of musicality into the classic tunes and guarantees a good time.

3 Live video games


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Video Games Live is more than just a concert. It’s a complete experience. Not only does it feature music from some of the best games with a full orchestra and choir, but there are also synchronized lights, solo performers, and interactive segments. Not only that, but the concert is hosted by those in the gaming industry and truly acts as a love letter to the good that gaming is and can do. It is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest, most successful, and longest running video game gig in the world.


2 Final Fantasy 7 Remake World Tour


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Most video game tours cover an entire series or even a variety of games. But when there’s a tour focused specifically on one game, you’re in for a treat. The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Orchestra Tour features a full orchestra with music by Nobuo Uematsu.

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Expect favorites like “Flowers in the Church” and the but anxiety-inducing epic One-Winged Angel. All accompanied by electrifying high-definition video scenes created especially for the concert. If you’re a huge Final Fantasy 7 fan, you owe it to yourself to catch a performance if they’re in town or at least listen to the soundtrack on your own.


1 Game on!


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There is something that can be said about a shared experience with strangers. This can happen in the cinema, a play or, in this case, an orchestra. Game on! presents music from some of the world’s best games in its purest form. From the catchy music of The Witcher 3 to the lively tunes of the oft-overlooked Guild Wars 2, there’s a bit of everything in the mix of a Game On! concert. In viewer reviews, attendees noted that people can be heard whispering between numbers how epic everything sounds with a full orchestra.

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